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Louisiana Traveler: DeQuincy Railroad Museum

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DEQUINCY, LA (KPLC) -

Many railroad enthusiasts love to visit the DeQuincy Railroad Museum any time of the year, but at Christmas, it's a special treat.

Built in the 1920s, the DeQuincy Depot stopped passenger traffic in 1969 and now contains a huge collection of items pertaining to the town's railroad history.

"The contents of the museum are one of the greatest collections of railroad memorabilia in the entire South. The architecture is particularly dynamic. It's one of the finest examples of mission revival architecture that still exists in this area of the country," said Harry Methvin. 

Museum board president Gary Cooper is a retired railroad engineer and is especially pleased with the donation of a very valuable collection of model trains.

"It's very unique," said Cooper. "They're handmade brass. Very intricate engine set. He donated 22 sets to us, and there are 8 of them displayed in the case behind us."

One of the items here at the railroad museum is a memo taken on December 7th, 1941, the day Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese. It's ordering all railroad personnel to detain Japanese passengers.

"We love to have as many visitors as possible, so we feel like not only in our community but the web is a way we can reach people all over the world. So we have a Facebook page and a webpage," said Katy Haley.

Who all comes to visit?

"Most all the states in the U.S. We have some foreign visitors. Last month we had some from the U.K., Romania, Japan," said Mary Barbery.

In fact, just last month, 780 visitors came by. You can, too. The Railroad Museum is located in the heart of downtown DeQuincy.

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