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“Sunday civil war reenactment ride”

Bluegrass Scenic Railroad and Museum
Ranked #7 of 24 things to do in Versailles
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Museum owns 5.5 miles of track, from just west of Versailles, to the bluff overlooking the Kentucky River. Young's High Bridge, also known as the Tyrone High Bridge, continues across the river to the Anderson County side. Each Saturday and Sunday between late Spring and early Fall, the train departs the station at 2 pm for a 90 minute long ride. Currently the train travels to the end of the track, at the edge of the Young's High Bridge. Passengers may disembark to view the top of the bridge and the surrounding scenery. Upon re-boarding, the train returns to the station. We have several types of Special Events throughout the year, to help garner interest in our Museum!
Reviewed 3 September 2013 via mobile

First class air conditioned car ticket welcoming staff and enthusiastic civil war encampment actors road along with some antics humor And 1865 field conflict train side 2 hour total ride. Kids ages 9-11 enjoyed unique ride.

1  Thank Calico4
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Reviewed 8 June 2013

We visited for the Civil War Train last week and it was great. The actors were informative and friendly -- more then willing to share their knowledge and passion for the Civil War era with the riders. The shoot out was fun to watch. We thoroughly enjoyed all of it.

But what set this a part from other historic trains, is the service from the people. Our son was taken by the heat and activities and got sick on the train. The staff, which includes some EMTs, took over and made him comfortable and well cared for. As travelers from FL we were a bit scared but they put our fears at ease as we knew he was in good hands. We were are forever grateful for their quick care, kindness, and ultimate professionalism. They made a difficult situation a bit easier to handle.

We hope to be back next year.

1  Thank kathiewe
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

I arrived at the depot, pleasantly surprised by the park area in which the museum is situated. There's plenty of parking and the depot sits across the tracks from the parking area, requiring that you walk across the tracks. It really has an interesting appeal in that sense.
I immediately noticed the various pieces of equipment and rolling stock. To the left of the museum, a diesel engine and caboose are on display. Visitors are able to enter the caboose. Several other pieces of equipment, including the engine and cars used for the scenic ride, are located to the right of the depot. At first glance, it was pretty obvious that the equipment needed some love. The static displays could use some exterior paint and interior overhaul/restoration.
The interior of the depot was awkward. The restrooms didn't completely make sense as there was a storage/desk area inside the restroom. The available gifts/memorabilia weren't all that appealing. The museum had a couple of things that I found interesting but the flow of the items/information wasn't captivating, so I quickly lost interest.
Outside on the boarding platform, three cars, including one first-class car, were being prepped for boarding/departure. The conductors and engineer were all friendly and very welcoming.
While waiting I visited the display car, which houses a model train and some additional historical memorabilia. The condition of the car was not flattering. Again, with a little love, some restoration and paint, this car could be quite amazing.
Ticket prices for the ride weren't bad. $11 for coach, $16 (I think) for first-class seating. We opted for first-class seating. Boarding was conducted through only one platform/doorway. The passenger load was pretty light, so it didn't seem to bother anything. We entered through the 3rd car, and walked through the second to our car, which was directly behind the locomotive.
The condition of the coach cars was of interest. These cars, like the other pieces of equipment, could use a great bit of restoration. The coach cars are not climate controlled and it was stuffy just walking through them.
We entered the first-class car, surprised by the vast difference. The first-class car is climate controlled and consists of large cloth seats in a 2x2 configuration. New headrest covers were placed over the seats. It should be noted that the first-class cabin restroom has not been restored, so restrooms are not available throughout the 90 minute journey. I must also note that the first class car is carpeted. While the blue carpet is beautiful, this car has only recently been added to the fleet. A deep cleaning is needed for the carpet, seat cushions and surfaces. Again, just a little bit of care could really help this car stand out.
The ride is 5.5 miles to a bridge through horse country. Several other pieces of equipment in varying condition are stored along the line. The ride is slow but beautiful and very peaceful. Once at the bridge, passengers are allowed to disembark the train, enjoy the view and learn about the significance of the bridge. Passengers are then boarded again and returned to the station being pushed by the locomotive.

Overall:
There are lots of pieces of equipment. Better access to this equipment and a much more serious focus on restoration could really push this railroad/museum forward.

The museum section appears to be dull, lacking the sense of invitation provided by the engineer and conductors. I lost interest almost as quickly as I entered the museum.

The ride is pleasant but a little disappointing. Opening up more equipment and displaying restored equipment would really help to offset ride.

The museum/park are quite a distance from the town of Versailles. I didn't notice any nearby options for food or drinks.

3  Thank 2ppltraveling
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Reviewed 3 May 2013

We went on the Christmas ride with Santa and the elves and he looked like he had already been down every chimney in the US. There was nothing "Scenic" to see. I agree that if you want to take a ride on a train, go to Stearns. The train felt like ti was about to fall apart and was dirty. Kids were bored and the elves scared them to death being up in their faces and looking unclean to boot!

Thank jane f
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Reviewed 27 March 2013

If you want to pick up train gifts, this is the place to go. A great selection for kids and some things for the bigger train lovers as well.

Thank P S
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