Bluegrass Railroad Museum celebrates 40 years

By Dorothea Wingo

The Bluegrass Railroad Museum in Versailles is celebrating 40 years serving Central Kentucky. Founded in 1976 by a group of railroad enthusiasts, the museum has evolved into a living history experience and tourist attraction.

More than 10,000 people annually take a nostalgic train ride in antique passenger coaches from the Woodford County park to the Kentucky River. Along the way passengers may see Thoroughbreds, cattle, corn and tobacco in the fields, and travel through deep limestone cuts and over wooden trestles to a stop at the palisades of the Kentucky River.

To help the museum and its patrons celebrate, the museum has contracted with Gramling Locomotive works to bring an operating steam engine to Versailles to pull the museum’s passenger train on two weekends in August. The engine, built in 1931, once worked coal mines but has been restored and travels the Eastern United States treating passengers to the sights, sounds and smells of a real, coal-fired locomotive.

More information is available, and tickets can be purchased, at

Nights in Midway series begins Friday

Nights in Midway, a series of three monthly pop-up fairs featuring live music, local goods and food, street venders, and classic cars, will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 22, and Aug. 19. More information can be found at under events.

Versailles Twilight Festival needs vendors

Artists, crafters, nonprofits and entertainers are needed for the Versailles Twilight Festival. This annual free family event, sponsored by the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce, will be from noon to 9 p.m. Aug. 13 in downtown Versailles.

If you would like to be a vendor or want to perform at the festival, contact Don Vizi at the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce at 859-873-5122, or email