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Tallulah Falls Railroad Museum

The Tallulah Falls Railroad Museum is not open to the public at this time.
Located across from the main campus on Hwy 441, the Tallulah Falls Railroad Museum is owned and operated by Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School. The Museum was founded by the late Dess Oliver II, well known community leader and industrial arts teacher at Rabun Gap.  From the earliest days of the museum,  Rabun Gap Industrial Technology students learned the history of U.S. railways and took part in the reconstruction and maintenance of the Museum. 

Mr. Oliver rode the Tallulah Falls Railroad in 1956 on a freight run from Clayton to Franklin, one week before Walt Disney began filming The Great Locomotive Chase on the site.  Mr. Oliver fell in love with the area and trains, and 16 years later, he assumed the position of Industrial Technology teacher, bringing his passion for trains and railways to the Rabun Gap classroom. 

Finished in 2002, the Museum contains a fascinating collection of artifacts and photographs preserving the history of the railroad, and houses a full-size two-foot gauge locomotive, passenger car, flat car, crane, hand pump car, caboose, and a motorized car.  Students also laid the on-site track.  Built and designed by Mr. Oliver and his Industrial Technology students, everything is handmade except for the casting for the wheels. 

Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School is a private, coeducational day and boarding school for grades Pre-K through 12, located in Rabun Gap, GA. Centrally located between Atlanta, GA, Greenville, SC, and Asheville, NC, we combine our strong academic program, mountain setting, and Presbyterian heritage to inspire young people who are eager to learn and grow.

Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School does not discriminate regardless of race, color, religion, gender, disability, creed, or national origin.