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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

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(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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Glengyle

Build Date: 1910
Builder: The Pullman Company

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 use as a dormitory by the Texas & Northern before donation to the State Fair of Texas Age of Steam exhibit in 1964. Today the Glengyle is the only existing car of 10,000 cars of its configuration and is the earliest known survivor of the fleet of heavyweight, all-steel sleepers built by The Pullman Company. Glengyle represents a shift in technology from cars of wooden construction to steel, a change which brought improved safety to rail travel. It has been designated an engineering landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
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