Museum of the American Railroad

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Travelers Advisory:

The Museum's Frisco site is currently under construction. Information on scheduled walking tours of the collection can be found here.

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:
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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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.
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Build Date: 1926
Builder: The Pullman Company/Southern Pacific

The Goliad was one of 44 "12-1s" put into service on Southern Pacific's New Orleans - San Francisco "Sunset Limited" in 1926. Many of the cars in this series were named for cities, counties and rivers along the Southern Pacific's route, such as Alamo, Aransas, Bexar, Brazos, Iberia, Pecos, Presidio and Trinity. Goliad was doubly significant as the site of the Battle of Coleto Creek and subsequent massacre of Colonel James Fannin and his men during the Texas Revolution. Because of the warm climates in which it operated, the car was equipped with mechanical air conditioning in 1935. After the Pullman divestiture, Southern Pacific purchased the car though it was still operated and maintained by Pullman.  The Sunset Ltd. received new streamlined, stainless steel cars in 1950 leaving the older equipment available for other service. Goliad last served with the Ft. Worth & Denver Railway in December, 1963 and was donated by the Southern Pacific Company in January 1964.
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