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Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum, Wheeling, WV

Train  yard  and  Tunnel.
Train yard and Tunnel.
John Cowgill

When you think about wild and wonderful West Virginia, you think about the numerous mountains that fill the entire state. You think about the small towns and cities surrounded by the high mountains rising above them. You think of some of the more popular cities like Charleston, the state capital, and Huntington, home of Marshall University. Then you have Wheeling. You probably never heard of Wheeling. It is not a city that you will find on many lists of must see cities although millions of people pass through this city by way of Interstate 70 and U.S. 40, the Historic National Road, every day. It is only the third largest city in West Virginia. It was once the state capital of West Virginia, and it was, sometime in the past, a city larger that Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania which just happens to be an hour drive from Wheeling. It just happens to be in the part of the state that very few people think about: the Northern Panhandle which is squeezed between Pennsylvania and Ohio. It is here where you will find the city of Wheeling. Now that you know about Wheeling, I must now tell you about one of the hidden treasures in the city.
The city of Wheeling has a historic downtown, a Victorian District and a beautiful waterfront park along the Ohio River. Just two and a half miles away, you can find another treasure: the Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum. Before you even enter the parking lot, you see a C-2019 Caboose, a caboose that was used by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and as an information and ticket booth on the Wheeling waterfront before being purchased and brought to the museum. You then enter the museum. You see toys and many toys from toy cars to toy planes to dolls from many generations on display, but being a rail fan, you are more interested in the model trains. You make your way to the Train Room. You look around and see model train displays from different models spanning many generations. The walls are filled with displays of model trains and rail artifacts from many years. After looking at the trains, you can take a little time to see the other exhibits to see toys that you probably once owned as a child, and you can show them to your children.
The Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum is located at 144 Kruger Street in Wheeling, West Virginia. It is just minutes from Interstate 70 and just south of U.S. 40. The great thing about the museum is that it is open all year round, but hours do vary by time of year. Admission is only $10.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors and $5.00 for children 4 to 17. You can learn more about the museum and about their history at www.toyandtrain.com. It is a short detour to a whole lot of history.

This  is  an  old  caboose  once  used  by  the  B&O  Railroad  now  on  display  at  the  Kruger  Toy  &  Train  Museum  in  Wheeling,  West  Virginia
This is an old caboose once used by the B&O Railroad now on display at the Kruger Toy & Train Museum in Wheeling, West Virginia
John Cowgill