When completed on December 21st, 1841 , the Western Railroad was the highest (1458 ft.) and longest (150 miles) railroad ever built and included the longest bridge in the world, across the Connecticut River at West Springfield, MA. By contrast, the transcontinental railroad was not completed until almost 3 decades later on May 10, 1869

The Chester Railway Station and Museum houses trains, railroad memorabilia and artifacts from Chester’s railroading days. Built around 1841, it was operated for many years along the line from Springfield to Albany, New York. Exhibits include the Children’s Heritage Boxcar Museum, and the depot is surrounded by a variety of historic railroad cars, including a 1923 tank car, a 1919 wooden caboose and a 1929 restored wooden boxcar. The station is also the site of the annual Chester on Track festival.

Come join us all season long for a trip down the Chester Railroad memory lane at our 1862 restored Depot and Museum with

  • Rolling stock including an early steam engine,
  • Two boxcars with museum articles to study,
  • A Baker’s Chocolate tanker,
  • Our Blue Caboose kitchen with two cook stoves available for party rentals,
  • A campout wooden caboose available for sleepovers and a small rail work car.
  • A full wrap-around deck encompassing the depot with a large stage at one end for concerts, speeches or just to have a relaxing picnic.


There is no charge to visit the depot museum but we do encourage donations to help support the stations existence. Consider becoming a member or making a donation to support our ongoing work

You will not believe what you will find at our treasured historic building and museum. Study our web site and discover more of what we have to offer.


The Chester Railway Station Museum is open most Saturdays and Sundays July through September from 11 AM to 3 PM or by appointment. Being an all volunteer organization, there may be gaps, so we recommend calling ahead to insure access. Call (413) 354-7878.


The Museum is located at
10 Prospect St,
Chester, MA 01011
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The Keystone Arches

Be sure to also visit The Chester Foundation’s other property, The Keystone Arches; also a National Historic Landmark property. History and hiking in a gorgeous setting.

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