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Visit TrainTopia at the Frisco Discovery Center - 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75034.

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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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Santa Fe Waycar 999113

Build Date: 1949, Rebuilt: 1968
Builder: Topeka Shops, AT&SF
Road: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe
Configuration: CE-1

The caboose was a common sight on the rear of freight trains for about a century but has been relegated almost exclusively to museums and a handful of private owners.   Cabooses were very spartan homes away from home for their crews, which consisted of the conductor and rear brakeman. From his seat in the cupola, the brakeman could watch the moving train and the conductor could do paperwork on the cars being picked up and set out as the train did its work. The rear brakeman would also throw switches and flag the rear of the train.  Modern equipment such as automatic block signals to control train movements and trackside detectors to report dragging equipment, shifted loads and hot wheel bearings greatly reduced the railroads' need for cabooses. Number 113 was retired in 1988.

Santa Fe #999113 was purchased from the railroad by long-time volunteer and past board member Bob Muckleroy in 1992. It was a 20th anniversary present to his wife Dani and was placed on a short section of track on their property in DeSoto, Texas. They had enjoyed the caboose for several years but decided to sell the property. After careful consideration, Bob and Dani decided that the Age of Steam was a fitting permanent home for the caboose, which would provide for its preservation and enjoyment for visitors. Bob and Dani also graciously agreed to repaint the exterior of the caboose and cover the costs of the move to Fair Park. We are most grateful for the kindness and generosity of Bob and Dani Muckleroy, who have preserved a part of history, leaving a permanent positive impact on the Museum and community.
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