Tunnels Through Time Learn about the changes in our region over time

As you enter the Train Station's main lobby, you will come to the Information Station where you will be given your passport to the Museum and begin your exploration of more than 300 years of change along the Washington Heritage Trail.

Here you will discover:

  • The Map Table Video and discuss the large trail wall map to see the many prominent footsteps of George Washington made in the Eastern Panhandle 
  • See the GW Giles Shay Locomotive, a "live steam” model of a typical 3-truck Shay locomotive *This type of locomotive was widely used in the West Virginia timber industry from 1880-1945
  • A young George Washington in his canoe greeting visitors
  • The Museum's Book and Gift Shop filled with lots of fun, unique and educational items to purchase to remember your visit!

From the Information Station, you may choose to travel on one of three journeys:


From the highest point in the museum, the Pedestrian Bridge lets you explore the railroad and gives you great views of Martinsburg's many historic buildings still in place around the railroad tracks. Use the manifest lists to load and unload the interchangeable freight and accessories as well as the passenger rail cars. It's especially fun when a real train comes down the track and you can watch it from the windows!


Trackside, you can travel through history in our immersion galleries, known as the "Tunnels Through Time."  Starting in the 1600s Native  American village, you will emerge into a furnished log cabin of the 1700's and then travel to an 1800s general store. The final stop is the Pedal-a-Watt gallery theatre, where you'll take a virtual 3D bike tour of the Washington Heritage Trail - get ready for a wild ride!


The Grand Idea exhibit takes you into the oldest part of  the building, the Old Berkeley Hotel and the original train station waiting area.  This room has been transformed into the "Working on the Railroad" exhibit, sponsored by the North American Railway Foundation. Discover career paths and trades that employed local residents - some of these jobs still exist today!  

The old ticket counter area has been overrun by Legos® … wait until you see what local children have created!