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 not open to the public.

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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Museum to Participate in National Train Day 2014!
The Museum of the American Railroad will participate in Amtrak's National Train Day, 2014.  The Museum will have representatives at Fort Worth's Intermodal Station, as well as activities and a preview of a portion of the new Frisco facility on May 10.  Details will be announced here in a few weeks.  For further information about National Train Day, visit

Museum Hosts DALLAS TV Series Production
The DALLAS television series was "on location" at the Museum this morning.  Horizon Scripted Television of Dallas shot a segment of Season 3's Episode 12 featuring the Museum's Kansas City Southern boxcar #106917 and Western Pacific boxcar #68652.  The cars were the subject of a fictitious  illegal shipment of drugs from Mexico to Texas.

Family Fun is #1 at Day Out with Thomas

Favorites and new faces join in on the fun of Day Out with Thomas 2014 (March 28-30 & April 4-6) in Grapevine!  The Museum of the American Railroad and the Grapevine Vintage Railroad pride themselves in bringing guests topnotch performances and entertainment each year, and this year we have expanded!

Museum Adds Historic Locomotive to Collection
The Museum of the American Railroad received the first of two historic diesel-electric locomotives from TXI this morning.  A longtime supporter of the Museum, the concrete producer recognized the historical significance of this locomotive and chose to preserve the unit rather than send it to scrap.  It had been recently retired from plant service at TXI's Hunter facility in New Braunfels, TX. 

Museum Move to Frisco Complete
Done!  Borrowing from the single-word message that announced completion of the nation's first Transcontinental rail line, the Museum of the American Railroad has officially relocated to Frisco, Texas.  At 2:30am today, the last few pieces of the Museum's collection were placed onsite in Frisco.  With the arrival of the circa 1900 H&TC handcar shed, several line-side signals, stairways, and miscellaneous track components, the Museum's move from Dallas' Fair Park to Frisco is now complete.

TSCAR Adopts H&TC Depot for Service Project
The Museum of the American Railroad is pleased to announce an exciting fundraising initiative.  In partnership with the Texas Society Children of the American Revolution (T.S.C.A.R.), sales of a 2013/2014 commemorative pin will benefit the Museum's Houston & Texas Central depot.

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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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