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Travelers Advisory:

The Museum's Frisco site is currently under construction and not open to the public.

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...

Pennsylvania Railroad GG1 4903
The GG1 was designed and built by the Pennsylvania Railroad to pull 12-14 car passenger trains such as the famed Broadway Limited on its high speed electrified Northeast Corridor between Harrisburg and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New York City, and W...
Santa Fe "Doodlebug" M.160
Originally built by the Brill Motorcar Company as a gas-electric, the M.160 had major rebuilds in 1948 and 1952, when it was fitted with a diesel engine and components from Santa Fe's first E-1 passenger locomotive. M.160 spent much of its life on Sa...
Union Pacific "Centennial" 6913
Union Pacific's innovations with locomotives progressed beyond the steam era and the desire for a high horsepower diesel locomotive led to construction of the 6600 hp DDA40X. This locomotive had the equivalent of two 3300 hp locomotives on a single f...
Southern Pacific Fairbanks-Morse H12-44
Fairbanks Morse had a successful diesel engine design which had been used on much of the US Navy's wartime submarine fleet. By putting two pistons in each cylinder, the design generated almost twice as much power from the same number of cylinders as ...
Santa Fe FP45
The Santa Fe remained committed to first class passenger trains even while other railroads were decreasing or completely abandoning passenger service. Nine 3600 hp FP45 locomotives numbered 100-108 were delivered for service on the El Capitan and Sup...
Union Pacific Steam Locomotive "Big Boy" 4018

Union Pacific's route across the high plaines of Wyoming, including Sherman Hill, and the Wasatch Range of Utah (part of the original transcontinental railroad),  provided significant challenges to moving heavy freight. As steam loc...

St. Louis - San Francisco Railway Company ("Frisco") 4501
The 4501 was among the last group of steam locomotives built for the Frisco. Because of World War II, the War Production Board limited  production of most new diesel locomotives other than switching locomotives used in rail yards, and severely l...
Santa Fe Waycar 999113
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 ...
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...
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