Depot "Chugs On" With Railway Museum

By: Forrest Sanders Email
By: Forrest Sanders Email

In 1925, the L & N Railroad Depot welcomed it's first group of train passengers to Bowling Green. The depot has been a historic staple on Kentucky Street ever since .

Now, the L & N Depot "chugs on" with a new railway museum.

The sound of one of the original trains can still be heard at the L & N Depot in Bowling Green. A small model of that train is on display inside a new museum, that's paying tribute to the depot's history.

"That's exactly what we're aiming at, the history of this depot, the L&N Railroad and how the people of Bowling Green interacted at this railroad over the years," said Bill Helmbold, Depot Executive Director.

But for now, the museum is only made up of models. It's a work that's still very much under construction.

"We're in the process right now of creating all the exhibits in the depot. We've done most of the infrastructure. Now, we're getting the painting done and getting together the exhibit itself," Helmbold explained.

Among those exhibits is a room dedicated to the history of segregation at the depot. For Bill, this room is the most important stop on the tour.

"I think the segregation exhibit means a lot to me because it really depicts the history of segregation. I think many people in Bowling Green would be interested in seeing the exhibit," Helmbold added.

But it's an exhibit that will have to remain off-limits to the public for a short while longer. The grand opening of the museum is Sept. 1, and bill wants everyone to be "all aboard."

Though you'll have to wait to visit the museum, there's plenty more to see at the L & N Depot. The railcars are open to tour every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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