Museum of the American Railroad

 
 
Our Mission Minimize

The Museum of the American Railroad exists to share the rich history and heritage, as well as current and future developments of the institution of the American Railroad through artistic, cultural, and educational programming.

About the Museum Minimize

The development and prosperity of our nation are inextricably tied to the railroad.  The Museum of the American Railroad is a 50-year old collecting institution with a long history of providing quality educational and entertaining experiences to over 3 million visitors from around the world.  We continue to realize our mission of preserving and presenting our priceless collection of trains, while pursuing our vision of becoming the preeminent museum of transportation in the Southwest. 

The museum seeks to add context to the lives of present and future generations by creating an understanding of the challenges and achievements of our past.  This is accomplished through educational programming that focuses on history and social studies as well as the science & technology of railroads.  Interpretation of the collection focuses on the railroad’s influence on the spread of cultures and growth of our nation.  Emphasis is placed on providing an interactive encounter with history that inspires youngsters to learn more about their past and develop problem-solving skills for their future.  Programs not only address the past, but seek to explore the role of railroads in meeting today’s transportation needs.  We also endeavor to foster an appreciation of the arts through diverse exhibits and programs that are inclusive of the visual and performing arts.

The museum is uniquely positioned over any other institution in North Texas to preserve and interpret transportation and industrial history.  Through further investment by the community, we will increase our role as a resource for artistic, cultural, and educational programming as they relate to the profound effect of the institution of the American Railroad on our lives.   We remain committed to serving the needs of our stakeholders through the preservation of our cultural assets, high-quality, relevant programming, and sound funds management. 

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 has collected 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.

A Few Words About The Collection Minimize

These venerable old trains exist today because of the hard work and dedication of a relatively small number of people.  It all began in 1961 when the founders of our museum realized that not only had the era of luxurious steam powered passenger trains come to a close, but little even remained of their existence.  Over the next several years, they set out to save what precious few pieces of equipment were left.  Some were graciously donated by the railroads upon retirement; others were literally pulled from the scrap lines.  These are the survivors – the lucky ones – perhaps a little rough but they are tangible evidence of our heritage. 

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Pullman Sleeping Car "Goliad" arrives at the Age of Steam, 1965.
A new generation of committed individuals is working to steward this museum into the next century.  But such an endeavor is not an easy one.  Historic preservation often faces challenging circumstances.  We’re constantly seeking additional sources of support as we carry out our mission.  We do our best to maintain the collection and minimize the effects of time and exposure.  We do this in an effort to preserve an important part of history along with a sense of pride in our community. 

There are many stories behind the iron and steel artifacts that are gathered here.  They have undoubtedly touched many lives.  We hope you enjoy your visit.  While some of you will relive the past, others will discover it for the first time.  This collection is part of your heritage.  If you leave here more enlightened and enriched, then we consider our efforts to have been a success.

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