Railroad Historical Society of Northern New York Museum

This former railroad depot has been turned into a museum celebrating the iron horse 

Railroads were an integral part of the North Country’s economic development – they helped open new areas to timber harvesting and connected far-flung communities to larger markets. In 1906, a rail line between Lowville and Croghan opened to haul dairy, logs and lumber, and paper mill products; after falling into disuse with the advent of modern trucking, the line was resurrected and is still occasionally used to carry feed, waste paper and pulp. 

At a glance
  • The museum is located in the former Croghan depot and features a trove of railroad artifacts, historic documents and a model train setup.
  • See an 1898 combine car, a 1918 Shay steam engine and a wooden snowplow, as well as a model-train layout of the 10-mile-long LowvilleBeaver line.
  • Really into trains? Join the Railway Historical Society of Northern New York. Membership free; meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 7 p.m.