North Alabama Railroad Museum

North Alabama Railroad Museum NARM is an active railroad and museum. Volunteers are on site Wed & Sat. Open other days for self-guided tours. Purchase tickets via our page.
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NARM belongs to the Tourist Railway Association , Inc. (TRAIN). We support the objectives of Operation Lifesaver and have several members who have taken the Operation Lifesaver class.

Mission: Interpret, Operate and Preserve railroad history in North Alabama.

We have decided, for the health and safety of our passengers & volunteers, to cancel the remainder of our Summer rides. ...
06/29/2020

We have decided, for the health and safety of our passengers & volunteers, to cancel the remainder of our Summer rides. We still plan to see you this fall for the Punkin' Pickin' Extravaganza (Oct 17), Fall Color Special (Oct 31 and Nov 7), Santa Train (Dec 5 and 12), and North Star Limited (Dec 4, 5, 11, and 12). Please make plans to join us at the end of the year. We are certainly going to need your patronage to keep this piece of history alive! Stay Safe!

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06/29/2020

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06/23/2020

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Y'all-Father's Day is THIS WEEKEND! We can't wait to see you at the Father's Day Special (June 20 at 10am).  Make sure y...
06/16/2020

Y'all-Father's Day is THIS WEEKEND! We can't wait to see you at the Father's Day Special (June 20 at 10am). Make sure you get your tickets now! Take a look at the event page for the precautions we'll be taking this weekend!

06/15/2020

Just a few things we're doing differently this weekend for our Father's Day Special. Please make note and we are looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday!

1) Ticket sales will be capped at 100. We are watching the sales and trying to block off sections around sold tickets to create some space. Groups may be moved around on Saturday morning to create space around our guests and among each coach, so please keep that in mind.

2) Tickets will be available for pick-up near the loading platform outside. We won't be using the depot for will-call. As guests pick up their tickets, passengers will immediately board the train. Because of this, we are asking that no one arrive at the depot prior to 9:30am.

3) We are requesting that passengers remain in their seats and limit movement on the train during the ride. This will prevent large groups from congregating between the coaches.

4) The gift shops WILL be open on the train. We will have each coach visit the gift shop at a specified time, so there won't be as many people shopping at one time.

Thank you for your understanding and we can't wait to (finally!) kick off our 2020 season!!

James Spann
06/11/2020

James Spann

Norfolk Southern NS 052 coming through the Birmingham metro today hauling solid rocket boosters for NASA… photos from Josh Putman

Let your dad relax a little on our Father's Day Special next Saturday, June 20 at 10am.  He deserves a little break (tho...
06/10/2020

Let your dad relax a little on our Father's Day Special next Saturday, June 20 at 10am. He deserves a little break (though we do ask that you not put your feet in our seats-save that for your favorite recliner 😁!!) Who will be there??

Looking for a gift for dad this year?  Don't get him another tie!  Join the North Alabama Railroad Museum for our Father...
06/09/2020

Looking for a gift for dad this year? Don't get him another tie! Join the North Alabama Railroad Museum for our Father's Day Special on Saturday, June 20! Give him time with his family and make memories he won't soon forget! Tickets on sale now!

I "mustache" you a question--will you be joining us next weekend??  We will have our annual Father's Day Special ride (1...
06/08/2020

I "mustache" you a question--will you be joining us next weekend?? We will have our annual Father's Day Special ride (10am only) on Saturday, June 20 and would love to see you there! Get tickets now! https://bit.ly/2XKgtgV

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05/27/2020

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We are still looking forward to seeing you for our Father's Day Special!  We have cancelled the 1pm departure, but the 1...
05/27/2020

We are still looking forward to seeing you for our Father's Day Special! We have cancelled the 1pm departure, but the 10am departure is still on and tickets are on sale! We'd love to see your smiling faces! This will be our first ride of 2020, so help us make it the best! #GettingOutAndAbout #SummerStayCation #HappyFathersDay #SupportNonProfit #SupportLocal
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We're so close to 7,500 likes!  Tell your friends about the North Alabama Railroad Museum and to like our page!  Let's g...
05/05/2020

We're so close to 7,500 likes! Tell your friends about the North Alabama Railroad Museum and to like our page! Let's go! Can we do this before the end of the week? I think we can!!

04/29/2020

We hate to, but we're choosing to cancel the Mother & Son Special scheduled for Saturday, May 9. Everybody pray for health and well-being. Hopefully we will see you all in June!!

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04/29/2020

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04/14/2020

How are you spending your time? Crafting? Yard work? Cleaning House? Still working full time? Share your pics from the #Quarantine! We can't wait to see you - hopefully soon!!

It is with heavy hearts that we have decided to cancel the Peter Cottontail & Spring Fling Special rides in April.  We h...
03/19/2020

It is with heavy hearts that we have decided to cancel the Peter Cottontail & Spring Fling Special rides in April. We hope you will support the museum this summer, as we will now, more than ever, need your support. Tickets are still on sale for the Mother's Day Special through the Magic on the Mercury & Chase. Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy.
#SupportLocalBusiness #TheOneWhereTheyAreQuarantined #SeeYouInMay

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03/19/2020

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Have you gotten your tickets yet? Tickets for the Peter Cottontail are on sale NOW!
03/11/2020

Have you gotten your tickets yet? Tickets for the Peter Cottontail are on sale NOW!

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03/03/2020

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12/31/2019

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This was found in Coach 6090 (the second coach) from this weekend. Around seat 23. If your little one is missing their b...
12/23/2019

This was found in Coach 6090 (the second coach) from this weekend. Around seat 23. If your little one is missing their book, please let us know.

Thanks everyone for making our 2019 season great! Our volunteers will be taking a well-deserved break until the spring. ...
12/21/2019

Thanks everyone for making our 2019 season great! Our volunteers will be taking a well-deserved break until the spring. Merry Christmas!

12/14/2019

Did you get a GREAT picture of your family riding the train?? Share them with us and we may use them in future advertising!
Email: [email protected]

Ho Ho Ho!Santa is here!!#MerryChristmas #SantaTrain
12/14/2019

Ho Ho Ho!
Santa is here!!
#MerryChristmas #SantaTrain

12/14/2019

There were 2 presents left behind tonight. Coach 6090 (second coach) after the 7:45pm ride.

12/13/2019

We ride RAIN or Shine! Thanks to Mullins Special Occasions, we have a HUGE tent to protect you from the rain and we've added our heaters to keep you warm! No worries if you're riding the train this weekend!!

Share your pics of the "snowpocalypse!" #WinterInAlabama #snowpocalypse #WhoDroppedTheIceTray?  Will this hold out for t...
12/10/2019

Share your pics of the "snowpocalypse!" #WinterInAlabama #snowpocalypse #WhoDroppedTheIceTray? Will this hold out for the weekend? Maybe we'll get a train ride in the snow!! But probably not...

12/08/2019

For those of you questioning this year's choice of present for the North Star Limited, please know there is a reason why we do what we do. Bear in mind a few things:
1) Families come back year after year after year. We've actually had a family ride every year for 17 years. We try and keep our presents different every year, but we also try and have some more "practical" gifts for some years and not just items that will be played with once and then left in the toybox.
2) The umbrellas are not "plain," as some have suggested. They actually have our adorable logo on them. We hope your kids are proud to use them on those rainy days and share with their friends the fun time they had riding the train.
3) We are an all volunteer organization. We spend our lunch breaks and evenings at home looking for the perfect present. In addition to looking for these presents, we have to find one that will make both a toddler and a teenager happy. And we have to find over 800. For boys and girls. It's not something we take lightly.

In conclusion, please don't take offense to this year's present. We are very proud of it. And we encourage you to ride next year and the year after that. We hope the experience with your family means more than any present you'll find under the tree.

It's a beautiful day to ride the train! Everyone is having a great time seeing Santa! #wishyouwerehere #MerryChristmas
12/07/2019

It's a beautiful day to ride the train! Everyone is having a great time seeing Santa! #wishyouwerehere #MerryChristmas

12/07/2019

A cell phone was found in the parking lot this evening after one of the rides. You can come by the depot and identify the phone, we will be happy to return it to it's rightful owner.

Address

694 Chase Rd NE
Huntsville, AL
35811

General information

At the North Alabama Railroad Museum, located in Chase, Alabama, just east of Huntsville, you will find a facility reflecting a love of trains and a desire to preserve railroad history. The museum is open for visitors seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. throughout the year to inspect, photograph, and study the historic rail equipment, the small depot and the facility. The museum's volunteer staff is present each Wednesday and Saturday until 1:30 or 2:00 p.m. to answer the phone, to take train ride reservations and to assist visitors. The museum is also open by special appointment. Visitors have a choice of a free self-guided tour throughout the week, or a special guided tour on train days. For visitors taking the free self-guided tour there are tour sheets and museum brochures in the waybill box located on the front of the depot. We request visitors to stay off the track do not climb on equipment and to obey all signs. The guided tour covers the history of the Chase Nursery and proceeds through the facility and the museum's display passenger train. There is a charge of $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children six through eleven. The guided tour requires around one hour and offers more of a personal touch as you enjoy seeing the inside of the museum's restored Railway Post Office car, a heavy weight day coach, a 1914 diner now being restored, a Pullman sleeper showing how first-class passengers would ride during the day and the sleeping accommodations for night and finally a beautifully restored Southern Railway caboose. The museum depends on its income from train rides and donations from visitors who are interested in seeing a bit of our rail history preserved. Donations are welcomed!! . The centerpiece of the museum features the Chase depot, the smallest union depot in the country since it served more than one railroad when in service. If you visit the museum on a day when the train is running (see Train Ride Schedule), you can ride a vintage train over the museum's own Mercury & Chase Railroad. All aboard ! Over thirty pieces of major rolling stock have been preserved including both freight and passenger equipment and three historic locomotives. Plans for future development are being made and when completed the museum is sure to be a facility that is both unique and attractive while maintaining a character all its own. Also, at the North Alabama Railroad Museum, you will find a group of dedicated volunteers who are willing to work long hours doing grueling work in all weather extremes in order to accomplish the things that make our museum attractive and functional.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 13:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 08:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(256) 851-6276

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History & Excursions

The North Alabama Railroad Museum began in July 1966 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. We celebrated our 50th birthday in 2016. After spending several years in the Shoals area, the North Alabama Railroad Museum moved to its current location in the 1980s. We currently operate five miles of Nashville, Chattanooga, & St. Louis Railway’s Huntsville Branch Line, which ceased operations in 1984. We extend west from Chase Depot to Meridian Street and east to Naugher Road. The North Alabama Railroad Museum is home to the smallest union depot in the country, meaning two railroads converged here. NARM also takes pride in its restoration projects. Take a walk around our grounds and see our progress! Most excursion revenue and donations made by visitors and guests are spent directly toward preserving historic artifacts. We are proud to be an all volunteer organization.

Full Length Excursions: The North Alabama Railroad Museum operates several full length excursions along the five miles of track throughout the year. These rides are about an hour and fifteen minutes in duration. Our Spring Fling Special draws a crowd every year as the flowers & trees begin to bloom and bud. Flip-Flop Fun is a great way to get away from the summer heat. Our coaches are air conditioned, making the ride very comfortable during Alabama summers. The Magic on the Mercury & Chase is an enchanting ride just before school starts. Special guests visit the museum to entertain visitors. The annual Fall Color Specials are always a sell-out, drawing crowds from across the Southeast to see the changing of the leaves in the Tennessee Valley. Our Mother & Son Special and Father’s Day Special are also very popular as families take time to honor loved ones.

Special Excursions: There are several special trips scheduled throughout the year that only take place on the western end of our track. Special Excursions begin in the Spring each year with our Easter ride, the Peter Cottontail. A Fall excursion, the Punkin’ Pickin’ Extravaganza allows families an opportunity to disembark the train at Normal for some fun in NARM’s pumpkin patch! A huge hit in it’s inaugural run during the 2013 season, this ride is a sell-out year after year. NARM ends every year with our extremely popular Christmas Trains. The Santa Train is a ride during daylight hours, featuring both regular coaches and our first-class coach. Started in 2015, The North Star Special features a unique first-class, night-time excursion. Children are encouraged to wear pajamas, and everyone on board receives a treat and extra time with Santa Claus. North Alabama families put these rides on their annual Christmas to-do list. We love seeing the faces of smiling children & adults alike as they visit with Santa & his elves. NARM truly enjoys seeing our visitors excited about riding a train for the first time or sharing a ride with a loved one or friend. Memories are always made along the Mercury & Chase Railroad!

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James M. White, I also want to do this this year. It's at night. And it's a train ride. So, so cool.
I have attemoted to purchase tickets, but can not complete the transaction. I get to the sign in page and begin an endless loop of signing in and going nowhere. Can tickets be purchased over the phone?
For the North Star Limited and Santa Train Rides, do infants in arms (under 6 months who will be in a parents lap and NOT in a seat for the entirety of the ride) require tickets? Thank you!
Major updates to our North Alabama Railroad Museum scrapbook http://hawkinsrails.net/preservation/narm/narm.htm
It's an Adventure. Must see
Anyone know when this photo was taken and who the people in it are?
Can anyone identify the men in this photo and approximate date?
Beware! There is a wasp or hornet nest under or near the caboose. I was walking between the caboose and flag pole last Thursday when I was chased some 25-30 feet and then stung in the arm. I recommend you rope off this area with yellow tape from one end of the caboose to the flag pole to the other end at least until you can eliminate the nest and threat of being stung.
Christy Thomas
A great way to spend Halloween weekend! Apple picking and railroads are fall staples. Then watching horror movies after a great afternoon. I think I’m going to watch Bad Blood: The Movie. Something about modern takes on the old classics makes for a good time. Great way to end the weekend. http://geni.us/BADBLOODTHEMOVIE
Folks headed back to the train after pumpkin picking.