The Ligonier Valley Rail Road Museum is located 3 miles west of Ligonier, Pennsylvania and is housed in an original Ligonier Valley Rail Road station that was built around 1896. The Ligonier Valley Rail Road Association acquired the property in 2005 and raised funding to restore the station. The project took about 2½ years and it was opened as the Ligonier Valley Rail Road Museum on May 21, 2010. The photo on the left shows the station as it is today as the Ligonier valley Rail road Museum.
The mission of the museum is to preserve the history of the Ligonier Valley Rail Road. The Railroad was founded by Judge Thomas Mellon and began passenger operation on December 1, 1877 and during the course of its 75 years of operation it carried 9 million passengers and hauled 32 million tons of freight. The last run occurred on August 31, 1952.
Our 1905 Bobber Caboose was moved from temporary storage in Laughlintown to the Darlington Station on Saturday February 16, 2008. The tracks were installed a few weeks before and Ligonier Construction Company, of Laughlintown, transported the caboose and set it up on the tracks. To read about the caboose and its history please click on Bobber Caboose, or the link under the "Visit" tab.
The Museum collection includes over 3,000 items. The Museum itself houses a variety of items including lanterns, locks and keys, PRR and B&O dinnerware, and a wall map of the right of way of the LVRR. We also have a video relating to the LVRR and other railroad videos.
We would like your help. If you have or know of any items from the Ligonier Valley Rail Road including old photographs, timetables, employee information, badges etc., please call us at 724-238-7819. We would love to hear from you!
**IMPORTANT REOPENING INFORMATION**
With Westmoreland County entering the COVID-19 mitigation Green Phase on Friday, June 5, 2020, the Ligonier Valley Rail Road Association is pleased to announce that the Ligonier Valley Rail Road Museum will reopen for its normal Saturday hours of 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. commencing Saturday, June 6, 2020.
Facemasks will be required to be worn by all visitors. Social distancing and cleanliness/mitigation protocols will be in effect at the Museum for all visitors and docents. Please email the Association at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the reopening.
Join us to safely celebrate the heritage of the Ligonier Valley and its namesake railroad!
Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Admission: Adults $5.00
Seniors: age 65 and over $4.50
Students: through High School $3.00
5 and under: Complimentary
Group rates: AAA & NRHS
LVRRA Members: Free Admission
LVRRA News Briefs
Online Gift Shop is now open!
Please visit our store for a selection of books, dvds, baseball
hats, and our HO LVRR Bobber Caboose!
*please note* We now have a secure website for added safety when
Free Museum Day on May 3, 2020 has been postponed.
Creepy Caboose Event Photos!
click the link above to see the photos
Volunteer as a Docent
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