Eastern Shore Railway Museum
The Eastern Shore Railway Museum is located in Victorian Parksley on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The Museum is supported by memberships, fund raisers, and donations. The Museum was founded in 1988 and exhibits historic rail cars and equipment. It also contains a restored train station with railroad memorabilia from the lines that operated on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. At the museum you can find interesting artifacts such as maintenance- of-way tool shed full of tools and other railway artifacts, turn-of-the-century crossing guard shanty, and artifacts from the many railroads that have operated on the Delmarva peninsula since the mid 1800s. The Eastern Shore Railway Museum is also located in the center of Parsley's business town with unique shops and friendly shoppers. At he Eastern Shore Railway Museum you can take a step back into the restored train station to see what times were like when passengers purchased tickets or warmed themselves in front of the coals stoves back then. The iron horse 14 passenger trains stopped at the Eastern Shore Railway Station and to this day you can still hear the train whistle when the Eastern Shore Railroad passes through with freight cars. If you are ever on the Eastern Shore of Virginia it would not hurt to stop by the Eastern Shore Railway Museum to check out some cool artifacts from the late 1800s.
Backstory and Context
There are also three buildings that come along with the Eastern Shore Railway Museum: The Maintenance of Way Shed, The Crossing Guard Shanty, and The Fulton Ayres Produce Grading Shed. The Maintenance of Way Shed is also referred to as the, "Tool Shed." It was built in 1898 and was the originial Bert Killian Rail Yard. The Tool Shed served as the maintenance shed from Tasley, Virginia to the Maryland state line. In 1991 the Tool Shed was donated to the Eastern Shore Railway Museum. The Crossing Guard Shany was known as the work station of the crossing guards that were employed by the rail stations. This was prior to the invention and installation of crossing lights and gates. This individuals were sent out to mandate the railroads to make sure they were safe and the routes of the different trains did not cross each other. The Shanty was built in 1898 and was donated to the Eastern Shore Railway Museum in 1991. The Fulton Ayres Produce Grading Shed serves as the Gift Shop for the historic museum. This gift shop also holds many train related artifacts for individuals to purchase. The Grading Shed, was built in 1920 and was donated to the town of Parksley by Fulton J. Ayres in 1992.
The building now serves as the Town Offices of Parksley and is still the Gift Shop.
There are also a few rail cars that are in the historic collection at the museum. The collection includes a stainless steel. 1947 Dining Car, a 1913 Box Car, a 1950s Pullman Sleeper Car, a 1962 Nickel Plated Caboose, a 1949 Wabash Caboose, a 1924 Express Car, a 1927 Observation Car, and a Maintenance-of-Way Car from the 1900s.