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Travelers Advisory:


The Museum's Frisco site is currently under construction, however fall walking tours are available Saturdays at 11am & 1pm, weather permitting, through November 22, 2014.


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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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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Pullman Sleeping Cars

The Museum features 10 cars manufactured by the Pullman Company, including four “heavyweight” sleeping cars.

In 1867, at the age of 36, George M. Pullman established the Chicago-based Pullman Palace Car Company, bolstered by th...

Round End Chair Observation
Beginning in the early 1930s, the railroads began a program of modernizing passenger trains using railroad cars of lighter, streamlined passenger trains constructed of aluminum or stainless steel.  The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy's "Pioneer...
Lunch Counter Diner
Beginning in the early 1930s, the railroads began a program of modernizing passenger trains using railroad cars of lighter, streamlined passenger trains constructed of aluminum or stainless steel.  The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy's "Pioneer...
Gull
Beginning in the early 1930s, the railroads began a program of modernizing passenger trains using railroad cars of lighter, streamlined passenger trains constructed of aluminum or stainless steel.  The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy's "Pioneer...
Southland/Loch Tarbet
Beginning in the early 1930s, the railroads began a program of modernizing passenger trains using railroad cars of lighter, streamlined passenger trains constructed of aluminum or stainless steel.  The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy's "Pioneer...
Pine Ring
Beginning in the early 1930s, the railroads began a program of modernizing passenger trains using railroad cars of lighter, streamlined passenger trains constructed of aluminum or stainless steel.  The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy's "Pioneer...
Goliad
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...
McQuaig
McQuaig was built by Pullman in 1925 as one of the nearly 4,000 sleepers of its type operated by the Pullman company. Known as a "12-1," this car had twelve open sections with a fold-down upper berth and lower berth made by folding the seats down in ...
Glen Nevis
Glen Nevis was a 6-3 (6 compartments, 3 drawing rooms) which was Pullman's most common all-room car and one of its most luxurious designs. Following its career in Pullman Company service, Glen Nevis was rebuilt into a research car used to develop cus...
Glengyle
Glengyle was part of an order built in 1910 and had accommodations consisting of 7 compartments and 2 drawing rooms. The car was used in Florida-New York service on the Atlantic Coast Line but ended its career on the Southern Railway. The car was in ...
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