Museum of the American Railroad

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Founded in 1962, the Museum of the American Railroad is a not-for-profit Texas corporation dedicated to celebrating the heritage and exploring the future of railroads through historic preservation, research, and educational programming. The museum collects artifacts and archival material from the railroad industry to exhibit and interpret their significance in American life and culture. Exhibits and general programs are provided year-round.  Educational programs are available to local schools and universities through study trips, in-class programming & outreach, and online resources.

In its most ambitious project to date, the Museum closed its location in Dallas’ Fair Park to relocate its collections and operations 30 miles north to Frisco, Texas. The Frisco site is currently under construction and access to the locomotive and rolling stock collection is limited to scheduled tours. For more information on tours, please see the “Tour Information and Directions” page under the Visit tab above. Additionally, the Museum currently maintains interim offices, exhibits, and retail at the Frisco Heritage Museum located a few hundred yards north of the new, permanent site.

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Visit Us:

Enjoy our Interim Exhibits and Museum Store at the Frisco Heritage Museum - 6455 Page Street, Frisco, TX 75034.

Wed - Sat, 10am - 5pm
Sun, 1pm - 5pm

Walking Tours:

Guided tours of the Museum's rolling stock site are available on Thursdays at 1pm & Saturdays at 11am and 1pm through January 28.  Closed Christmas Eve & Day and New Year's Eve & Day.  Click here for the current tour schedule and details.  Self-guided tours are not available at this time.  Guided tours are only available on posted dates (above).

Educational Programs:

Contact the Museum at 214-428-0101 to arrange field trips, group tours, and in-class presentations.

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For more information, phone the Museum at 214-428-0101.


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Winter Walking Tour Schedule
We are pleased to announce the 2016 Winter Walking Tour schedule.  Tours will run each Thursday at 1pm  and Saturday at 11am & 1pm through Saturday, January 28.   There will be no tour December 24 and 31 in observance of Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.  Please note, self-guided tours are not available at this time.  Tours will begin on time.  Please be prompt.  We make every effort to accommodate our guests and begin tours on time.  Late arrivals may be subject to being scheduled for the next tour.

Trains Magazine Names Museum of the American Railroad as 2016 Preservation Award Recipient

Trains magazine has awarded its $10,000 2016 Preservation Award to the Museum of the American Railroad for the restoration of the last surviving Santa Fe-painted Alco PA diesel locomotive. 

The award was announced at the Association of Tourist Railroads & Railway Museums annual meeting in Savannah, Ga., on Nov. 12.  

Vulcan Materials Donates Rare Industrial Plant Locomotive
Locomotives come in all shapes and sizes!  While the Museum boasts three of the largest locomotives in the world, sometimes less is more. 

Vulcan Materials, our good neighbor just east of the Museum, generously donated a rare Plymouth industrial plant locomotive on October 7.  The small diesel-powered two-axle engine has been described by most as “cute”, but represents an important aspect of railroading – that of moving cars within industrial facilities.  Weighing in at 30 tons, it was ideal for moving a few cars at a time over lightweight trackage for processing of aggregate materials.

Happy 100th Birthday Union Station! 1916-2016
Dallas Union Station turns 100 years old this month!  The first passenger train arrived on October 8, 1916 with official dedication of the station on October 14.  The Museum of the American Railroad was proud to be part of the host committee that planned Union Station’s Centennial celebration.  Working with Hunt Consolidated and Woodbine Development Corporation, Texas Rail Advocates, Hyatt Regency Dallas and Wolfgang Puck Catering, the Museum participated in the planning process that culminated in Monday’s Centennial celebration event.

Amtrak Graces Museum Rails
The Museum of the American Railroad was host to Amtrak’s Exhibit Train as part of its 2016 tour of the U.S.  The five-car train, bracketed by two locomotives, was on display September 24 & 25.  Despite rain events on both days, the display train was well attended by North Texans.  Over 1,500 visitors toured the train which chronicles the 45-year history of Amtrak rail passenger service.

Exhibit Tracks 6, 7, & 8 Completed!
After months of rain delays, the summer sun finally prevailed and work on exhibit tracks 6, 7, and 8 moved at a quick pace.  Following the completion of storm drainage work and application of flex-base by FCS Construction, Lone Star Railroad Contractors moved in quickly to put down 2,400 feet of trackage including three switches.

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