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.
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.