A signal bridge that once stood at Rosemont Garden in Lexington is now controlling trains at the Bluegrass Railroad Museum in Versailles. The signal bridge, originally installed in the late 1950s by the Southern Railroad, was replaced in 2014. The current owner, CSX, donate the signals to the museum so that the piece of local railroad history could be preserved.
Museum members arranged for transportation and worked last summer drilling out rivets, building cement foundations and painting the structure. This spring, Wilhite Limited provided a crane and worked with volunteers to erect the structure over the entrance to the West Versailles yard.
The signal lights that once controlled trains through Lexington will now control weekend tourist trains in Versailles.
Train rides will begin Saturday with the annual Easter bunny special and continue weekends through the summer. More information and train ride tickets are available at Bluegrassrailroad.com and through the Bluegrass Railroad Museum’s Facebook page.
Speaking of train rides ...
The Bluegrass Railroad in Versailles is offering train rides at 2 p.m. April 2, 9, 23 and 30 and May 7. General tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children ages 2-12. First-class tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for children.
For information and tickets, go to Bluegrassrailroad.com.