365 Things to Do in Memphis #225: Hang Out in a Vintage Railroad Car

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 12th 2018 1613 0

Before Collierville was a suburban extension of Memphis, is a was a tiny, quaint railroad stop of a town. The town has grown, but the trains remain. Assignment #225 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to hang out in the vintage train cars that are parked at the old depot.

Trains, Collierville, Tenn.

You can hang out in two of the train cars that are parked at the depot. The Executive Car, which is basically unaltered since its renovation in the 1940s makes me want to be some kind of mustachioed 20th century tycoon. It’s got three bedrooms, a shower, a dining room, a kitchen and a lounge.

Executive car, Collierville Depot, Collierville, Tenn.

Executive car, Collierville Depot, Collierville, Tenn.

Collierville Depot, Collierville, Tenn.

Collierville Depot, Memphis, Tenn.

The caboose is decidedly more utilitarian. There are a few benches, a spartan bathroom that looks like it came straight out of a jail cell and a few tables. The best part, though, are the observation chairs at the top of the car. You have to climb a ladder to get there, but they’re the best seats in the car.

Caboose, Collierville Depot, Collierville, Tenn.

Caboose, Collierville, Tenn.

The train cars are open to the public daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Go there:

Collierville Depot

125 N. Rowlett St.
Collierville, TN 38017

Originally published 2012


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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