Waverly Train Explosion Museum

A caboose at the Waverly Train Explosion Museum

East Railroad Street, Waverly, TN 37185

(931) 296-2101

The Waverly Train Explosion of February 24, 1978, motivated the country to change the regulations regarding the transportation of hazardous materials. The explosion caused over $6 million of damage (in 2018 dollars). The town lost its fire and police chiefs. The NTSB commended the town's preparedness while also emphasizing the need for trained personnel. Since new training was implemented in TN in 1980, no Tennessee hazmat responders have died responding to an incident. This on site memorial derailment disaster features pictures, video, newspaper accounts and comments from those on the scene.  Open year-round – Free admission – 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Self guided tour – 1 hour.

This Place Features

  • Music, History, a Museum, or Civil War History
  • Particularly Family Friendly