New Features Await Visitors to the Bradford Railroad Museum, Opening this Saturday
BRADFORD – As the Bradford Railroad Museum opens for the season this Saturday, visitors will be able to see a brand-new addition—the BF Tower.
Located just down the street from the museum, and included in the price of admission, the BF Tower (pictured below left) is an interactive demonstration of the role that a switching station played in moving trains through a junction.
Bradford was once a major railroad junction. The two-story BF Tower, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was a place that was staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, helping travelers in Bradford reach destinations in Chicago, New York City, St. Louis and many other places.
Visitors to the tower can see the machinery, lights and technology that was used to operate the tower and enjoy brand-new interactive exhibits and displays.
The Bradford Railroad Museum itself celebrates the heritage and impact that the railroad had on Bradford and tells the stories of the individuals who worked within the railroad industry.
It features three levels of professionally procured exhibits, displays and information. Located in the basement level is a children’s area that features interactive play exhibits, Thomas the Train sets and more. The museum gift shop is filled with BORM collectables, gifts and railroad memorabilia. Large exhibits on the main level include The Railway YMCA, the Role of the Railroad in War, Dining Car and The Telegraph, which is an interactive display, among others.
The museum also hosts several special events each year. Dining By Rail is scheduled for Aug. 29. Guests will receive a 5-star meal from Chef Michael James, but reservations are required. Run for the Rails will take place on Sept. 19. This is a 5k run around Bradford. Honoring Our Veterans will take place on Nov. 14. On this day, active and retired veterans receive free admission to the museum.
The Bradford Railroad Museum is located at 200 N. Miami Ave. and open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October, as well as the first Sunday of the month through October, also from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for those 21 and older.
To learn more, visit www.bradfordrrmuseum.org or call (937) 552-2196. They are also open by appointment.
Now that the BF Tower is open to the public, officials said the next new feature will be a Hobo Exhibit!