EASTERN SHORE RAILWAY MUSEUM


18468 Dunne Avenue
Parksley,VA 23421

The Eastern Shore Railway Museum is located in Victorian Parksley on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Located in the heart of the Parksley business district, the Museum adds to the charm of the unique shops and friendly merchants.
 
The Museum was founded in 1988 and is open April 1 to November 30 on Thursday and Sunday from 1 pm – 4 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm.  Admission is free to individuals with donations greatly appreciated.  There is a nominal fee for groups over ten.
 
The Museum is supported by memberships, fund raisers and donations.  There are 3 levels of annual membership: Individual ($25), Family ($50) and Gold Spike ($100).  Members receive a 10% discount in the Gift Shop.  One of the major fund raisers is the spaghetti dinners held at the Parksley Fire House on the 4th Friday on each month from September through May.
 
In 1884 the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad (NYP&N) constructed a railroad line down the middle of Virginia’s Eastern Shore which eventually connected to the Tidewater area via a barge system.  The Town of Parksley, a planned community along the railway, was established in 1885. The original station was built in 1894.  The original station was two-stories with agent housing on the upper floor.  The station was moved when a new station was erected in 1906. This building was razed in the 1960-1970 timeframe.  The current station was formerly the Hopeton, Virgina Station and was located 2 miles north of Parksley.  In 1988, the Hopeton Station was donated to the Town of Parksley and relocated to the present site which is the site of the original station.  At this time,the Eastern Shore Railway Museum was formed.  This 3 room structure is the center of the Railway complex.
 
 The Maintenance of Way Shed, commonly referred to as the “Tool Shed” was built in 1898 and was original to the Bert Killian Rail Yard.  The shed served maintenance personnel from Tasley, Virginia to the Maryland state line.  The Tool Shed was donated to the Museum in 1991.
 
The Crossing Guard Shanty was the work station of the crossing guards employed by the railroad prior to the invention and installation of crossing lights and gates.  The Shanty was built in 1898 and is original to the Parksley Railway Station and donated to the Museum in 1991. 
 
The Fulton Ayres Produce Grading Shed serves as the Gift Shop for the Museum and houses many train related artifacts. The Grading Shed, circa 1920, was donated to the Town of Parksley by Fulton J. Ayers in 1992. The building serves as the Town Offices as well as the Gift Shop.
 

TRAIN CARS

 
1947 Seaboard Airlines Railroad Dining Car
Stainless steel Budd built car seats 48 dinners
1913 Class X32 Box Car
Built for the Cleveland & Pittsburg Railroad
Converted to a tool & material car in 1944
 
1950 Richmond,Fredericksburg & Potomac Pullman Car
Sleeping Car had 14 Roomettes & 2 Staterooms sleeping 6 each
1927 Diplomat
Built as a parlor/lounge/observation car
Served as the end car of the Wabash Cannonball
 
1924 RF&P Railway Express Car
Houses a model train layout
1949 Wabash RR Caboose
 
1962 Nickel Plate RR Caboose Maintenance of Way Car
Savannah Atlantic RR Car built in 1900's


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