The Arizona Railway Museum is located in Chandler, Arizona and was founded in 1983 as an educational and historical means of illustrating the railways of Arizona and the southwestern portion of the United States. Popularity and growing interest in trains and railways has increased and people are traveling from all over the country to visit the Arizona Railway Museum. The museum is a non-profit organization and all of the restoration efforts have been funded by public donations, contributions, and membership dues.
There are a number of events hosted at the Arizona Railway Museum as well as projects that are always underway. One of the recent projects was the complete restoration of the Union Pacific Dining Car. The goal of project was to restore the car back to operational condition and use it to display artifacts from many different dining cars of various railroads. Some of the projects may take as many as ten years to complete as funds are needed to complete the task.
The Arizona Railway Museum is located along Ryan Road in Chandler and open from mid-September through the end of May each year. The Museum is closed in the summer due to the blistering Arizona heat. The Museum is not open during the week but exclusively on weekends from 12 to 4 p.m.