Museum of the American Railroad

 
 
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Voted “Best Railroad Museum in TX, OK, AR, LA, KS, and MO,” by Cowcatcher 2012 Gold Rail Awards!

Founded in 1963, 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.

The Museum has embarked on its most ambitious project to date, the relocation of collections and operations from Dallas’ Fair Park to Frisco, Texas – a suburb 30 miles to the north.  The 1.8 acre Fair Park location was closed in November of 2011 to prepare the historic structures and rolling stock for movement.  The Frisco site is currently under construction. 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.  For additional information about the move, click the Frisco tab above.

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Travelers Advisory:


The Museum's Frisco site is currently under construction and we are working on a new schedule for walking tours of the collection.

Please visit our interim exhibits at the Frisco Heritage Museum two blocks north.

Museum of the American Railroad
Interim Offices, Exhibits, and
Museum Store
  Located in the Frisco Heritage Museum
6455 Page Street, Frisco, TX 75034
(214) 428-0101

Heritage Museum Hours of Operation:
Wednesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Sunday, 1pm - 5pm

Please phone Artreach Booking Service to schedule educational programs or in-class presentations
(214) 219-2049

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Phase II Construction Underway

Thanks to a generous contribution from FCS Construction of Frisco, Phase II work at the Museum of the American Railroad officially began today.  FCS has graciously agreed to provide all of the grading portion of the project, including achieving final elevation of the remainder of the 12.34 acre site and groundwork for future track construction.


PA Restoration Project Receives International Attention
Our effort to restore one of the last remaining Alco PA locomotives has received widespread attention. The project has its own Facebook page with over 1,000 followers, was recently featured in an article in TRAINS magazine, and received a donation today from a generous supporter in England. For information on how you can get involved in this historic project, please visit the the project page on this website and join us on Facebook!

Day Out with Thomas Returns!
Thomas the Tank Engine will chug into the Grapevine Vintage Railroad in historic downtown Grapevine (705 S. Main St., Grapevine, TX 76051) April 10-12 and 17-19, 2015.  Thomas & Friends celebrate the Celebration Tour, 2015!  Tickets are available at TicketWeb by phoning toll free 1-866-468-7630 or online by clicking here

Phase II Groundbreaking Ceremony
Work on Phase II of the Museum's Frisco construction project officially began today with a ceremonial groundbreaking at 10:00am.  The event was attended by over 150 guests, including Frisco city officials,  Museum stakeholders, and area business leaders.

Museum Acquires Interurban Car
The Museum of the American Railroad has acquired a unique piece of North Texas railroading history. This week, the Museum took delivery of former North Texas Traction Company (NTTC) #332. Known as Interurbans, the car was one of many that operated over electrified railways between communities in North Texas.

BNSF Railway, Martin Marietta, and the Museum of the American Railroad Team Up to Save a Piece of TX History
After 65 years of faithful service, the Martin Marietta (formerly TXI) Midlothian Cement Plant’s locomotive #2447 will move to its new home and use as an educational resource at the Museum of the American Railroad this weekend.  It had reached the end of its career, but unlike most trains at the end of their usefulness, the engine did not fall victim of the scrapper's torch.  In fact, the scrapper is credited with initiating the effort to save the engine.

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Amtrak: America's Railroad for 40 Years!
In celebration of Amtrak’s 40th anniversary, America’s Railroadsm is offering the public an opportunity to view an Exhibit Train, a unique traveling display showcasing the railroad’s history.  The train will be on display January  7th-8th at the Amtrak Station (1001 Jones Street) in downtown Fort Worth.  Event hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm. 

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