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The Cowan Railroad Museum is located in the heart of the city of Cowan, Tennessee. It is housed in a historic 1904 depot and contains one thousand artifacts and memorabilia related to the city and the city's railroading history. Items include period costumes, photographs, tools, documents, maps, and books. An interesting item is a hand made antique "cabinet of drawers" that was used to store railroading maps. The museum also houses model trains. On the grounds outside the depot are a full-sized 1920 steam train, a diesel switch engine, and two Fairmont "motor cars" commonly referred to as "put-puts" for the sound they made. Visitors can also climb the observation towner and enjoy watching pusher engines (owned by the CSX Transportation Company) work on the tracks next to the museum.

  • The museum with the 1920 steam engine train in front
  • The "put-putt" cars, which repairmen used to travel down a track