Waverly Train Explosion Museum

This free museum is a must see for first responders, train aficionados, and those looking to share an emotional moment with this community.   On February 24, 1978, a railway tank car derailed and then exploded, killing 16 people, including both the fire and police chief. This  tragic event spurred a change in how hazardous materials are transported throughout the United States.

This on site memorial features vivid photos, video, newspaper accounts and compelling stories from those on the scene.  Among the video, materials, documents and memorial plaques this tour can last from a half hour to an hour.

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Latitude: 36.087231 Longitude: -87.792113 Elevation: 512 ft
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Michelle Lacewell

Seasons Open

Open year-round.

Hours Open

Daily 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Free admission.

ADA Accessibility Notes

Ramp access, but the door is narrow.

Pet Friendly Notes

The memorial is outdoor, but service animals only inside the caboose. Always remember to pick up after your pet.

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