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Today's Tours Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather

Site tours for today, July 31, 2014, have been cancelled due to inclement weather.  We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to future tours.

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Museum Participates in Frisco's MindBender Academy

The Museum of the American Railroad's STEM-based programs were well received at this year's MindBender Academy in Frisco.  The annual week-long summer camp, a public private partnership aimed toward encouraging careers in technology fields, took place at Frisco's Career and Technical Education Center.

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Summer at the Railroad Museum

The Museum of the American Railroad will provide guided tours of a portion of its new facilities in Frisco beginning June 12.  Summer at the Railroad Museum will consist of guided tours of select cars and locomotives at 11:00am and 1:00pm Thursdays & Saturdays, weather permitting.  Please phone ahead to check the status of the tour schedule in the event of inclement weather.  Tours will last approximately 45 minutes and will originate at the Frisco Heritage Museum (6455 Page Street, Frisco, TX 75034) - just a few blocks north of the Railroad Museum.

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National Train Day Activities

In celebration of National Train Day, May 10, 2014, the Museum of the American Railroad will provide guided tours of select railroad passenger cars at its new facility in Frisco, Texas.  Visitors will get a sneak preview of the new Museum site and tour historic rail cars from the Golden Age of rail travel. 

Admission to the event is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 3-12.  Visitors must purchase admission at the Frisco Heritage Museum (6455 Page Street, Frisco, TX 75034), where additional exhibits and presentations will be featured as part of National Train Day.

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Museum to Participate in National Train Day 2014!

The Museum of the American Railroad will participate in Amtrak's National Train Day, 2014.  The Museum will have representatives at Fort Worth's Intermodal Station, as well as activities and a preview of a portion of the new Frisco facility on May 10.  Details will be announced here in a few weeks.  For further information about National Train Day, visit NationalTrainDay.com

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Museum Hosts DALLAS TV Series Production

The DALLAS television series was "on location" at the Museum this morning.  Horizon Scripted Television of Dallas shot a segment of Season 3's Episode 12 featuring the Museum's Kansas City Southern boxcar #106917 and Western Pacific boxcar #68652.  The cars were the subject of a fictitious illegal shipment of drugs from Mexico to Texas.

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Family Fun is #1 at Day Out with Thomas

Favorites and new faces join in on the fun of Day Out with Thomas 2014 (March 28-30 & April 4-6) in Grapevine!  The Museum of the American Railroad and the Grapevine Vintage Railroad pride themselves in bringing guests topnotch performances and entertainment each year, and this year we have expanded!

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Museum Adds Historic Locomotive to Collection

The Museum of the American Railroad received the first of two historic diesel-electric locomotives from TXI this morning.  A longtime supporter of the Museum, the concrete producer recognized the historical significance of this locomotive and chose to preserve the unit rather than send it to scrap.  It had been recently retired from plant service at TXI's Hunter facility in New Braunfels, TX. 

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Museum Move to Frisco Complete
Done!  Borrowing from the single-word message that announced completion of the nation's first Transcontinental rail line, the Museum of the American Railroad has officially relocated to Frisco, Texas.  At 2:30am today, the last few pieces of the Museum's collection were placed onsite in Frisco.  With the arrival of the circa 1900 H&TC handcar shed, several line-side signals, stairways, and miscellaneous track components, the Museum's move from Dallas' Fair Park to Frisco is now complete.

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TSCAR Adopts H&TC Depot for Service Project
The Museum of the American Railroad is pleased to announce an exciting fundraising initiative.  In partnership with the Texas Society Children of the American Revolution (T.S.C.A.R.), sales of a 2013/2014 commemorative pin will benefit the Museum's Houston & Texas Central depot.

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Big Boy Steam Locomotive Arrives at its New Home in Frisco
The Museum's "Big Boy" steam locomotive #4018, a gift of the Union Pacific Railroad 48 years ago, arrived at its new, permanent home in Frisco yesterday.  The 1.2 million lb. engine, regarded as the largest of its type in the world, was eased into the Museum of the American Railroad's facility at 2:20pm.

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Big Boy #4018 Makes First Leg of Journey to Frisco
The Museum's Big Boy steam locomotive #4018 made the first leg of its journey from Dallas to Frisco yesterday.  It arrived in South Irving, the interchange point between the Dallas, Garland & Northeastern Railroad and BNSF Railway.  Witnessed by hundreds of onlookers and supporters, the trip was uneventful with no mechanical issues along the way.

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Good Morning Texas features Big Boy
The Museum would like to thank Channel 8 and the Frisco CVB for the wonderful piece that aired on today's Good Morning Texas show.  The segment highlighted local artist Sonya Terpening's beautiful, original work of art featuring the Museum's "Big Boy" steam locomotive #4018.

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Amtrak: America's Railroad for 40 Years!
In celebration of Amtrak’s 40th anniversary, America’s Railroadsm is offering the public an opportunity to view an Exhibit Train, a unique traveling display showcasing the railroad’s history.  The train will be on display January  7th-8th at the Amtrak Station (1001 Jones Street) in downtown Fort Worth.  Event hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm. 

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Museum's Old Fair Park Site Dismantled

It was 50 years ago this month that the original "Age of Steam" exhibit was being created at Fair Park.  In preparation for the 1963 State Fair of Texas, the small attraction received two additional items during the month of August:  recently retired Dallas Union Terminal steam locomotive #7 and Southern Pacific's Eakin Street Yard Office (H&TC Depot). 

Now 50 years later, an era is drawing to a close as trackage is being dismantled at the Fair Park site.  Nearly 2,000 feet of track that displayed some 28 pieces of vintage rolling stock is being pulled up this week. 

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Celebrated Steam Locomotive Arrives at its New Home in Frisco, Texas
Frisco steam locomotive #4501 arrived at its new home in Frisco, Texas late last night.  At 11:00pm, BNSF crews eased the 800,000 lb. locomotive into the Museum of the American Railroad's new site where it will entertain and educate new generations of North Texans.

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TXI Provides Support for Museum Construction Projects
Dallas-based Texas Industries, Inc. (TXI) has generously agreed to donate concrete for several projects at the Museum's Frisco site. The company, a long-time supplier of concrete to North Texas, has pledged to provide an initial amount of concrete on a donation basis, with additional amounts at a reduced cost.

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BNSF Railway Makes Major Contribution to Museum's Frisco Project
Fort Worth-based Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway recently completed installation of a switch in its main line through Frisco to provide rail access to the Museum's new site on Cotton Gin Road. The switch will allow the Museum's 40-piece collection of historic locomotives and rail cars to move the 55 rail miles between Dallas and Frisco and enter its new facility on their own wheels. Many of those pieces are not capable of movement by any other means due to their immense size and weight.

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KCS to the Rescue!
After exhausting several other sources, the Museum requested the assistance of Kansas City Southern Lines for the donation of an additional boxcar. KCS graciously agreed to provide an additional car and it arrived at the Museum a few weeks ago.

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Track Work Complete!
“Done!”  Track work at the Museum’s Frisco site was completed today with a ceremonial driving of the last spikes.  Borrowing the word that was telegraphed across the nation in 1869 when the first Transcontinental Railway was finished, we are proud to reach this major benchmark in the construction project.

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Martin Marietta Materials Makes Contribution to Frisco Project
Martin Marietta Materials made a significant contribution to the Museum’s Phase IA construction project in Frisco in the form of ballast at a greatly reduced cost.

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Track Work Begins at the Museum's Frisco Site!
Track construction at the Museum of the American Railroad’s Frisco site has begun!  Workers with Trac-Work, Inc. began placing new crossties on the westernmost end of what will become the Museum’s tail track.  The first 300 feet of track material was put in place today as part of a 4,000 foot Phase IA track construction project.

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Tower 19 is First Museum Piece to Arrive in Frisco
The Museum’s Santa Fe Tower 19 now has the distinction of being the first piece in the collection to arrive in Frisco.  The Tower was moved onto the site at 1:15am today following a nearly 3 ½ hour trek from Fair Park.  The intermediate and top floors moved one behind the other on separate sets of bogies along streets through East Dallas, North Dallas, and finally up Preston Road to the Frisco city limits.  They then traveled west along the 121 service road and finally north along the Dallas North Tollway service road to Cotton Gin Road.

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Dallas’ Bass Family Provides Gift to Frisco Project
The Bass family of Dallas has endorsed the move of the Museum of the American Railroad to Frisco, along with a $20,000.00 gift toward construction of new facilities.  Alice W. Bass provided a $10,000.00 contribution which was matched by the Richard D. Bass Foundation. 

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Museum Receives $100,000 Grant Toward Move to Frisco
The Museum of the American Railroad received a $100,000 contribution toward movement of its collection to its new home in Frisco, Texas.  The funds, made possible by an anonymous donor, will be applied to the costs associated with moving two historic structures.

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Railroad Museum Signs Construction Contracts, Sets Groundbreaking in Frisco
The Museum of the American Railroad will hold a groundbreaking at its new 12.34-acre site in Frisco, Texas, on May 31, 2011.  The event kicks off the initial construction phase of a project that will relocate one of the nation’s finest collections of 20th Century railroad artifacts and exhibits from Dallas’ Fair Park.

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Museum Receives Gift from the Stemmons Foundation
The Stemmons Foundation has graciously contributed $50,000 toward the Museum’s construction and relocation project in Frisco.  “We are delighted to be able to help in the creation of the Museum of the American Railroad and support its exciting project in Frisco,” said Mary Lee Virden, the Foundation’s Manager.

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Rare Museum Locomotive Arrives in Frisco, Texas
The 1948 ALCO PA-1 diesel-electric locomotive recently gifted by the Smithsonian Institution to the Museum of the American Railroad has arrived in Frisco, Texas.

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KCS Railway Makes Early Christmas Gift to Museum
Trains always make great Christmas gifts, especially when they’re life-sized!  The Kansas City Southern Railway has generously donated a surplus boxcar to the Museum of the American Railroad to be added to its permanent collection.

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Dallasites Head Up Museum Capital Campaign
Prominent Dallasites Ellen Higginbotham Rogers and John DeGolyer Maxson will Co-Chair the Museum’s Capital Campaign in 2011.  As a result, the Museum’s campaign to raise construction funds for its new site in Frisco will have even greater momentum and visibility in the New Year.

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Museum Receives Lead Gift
DALLAS, TX:  The Museum of the American Railroad has received a lead gift from Mr. John D. “Jack” and Sally S. Maxson.  The Maxsons are lifelong residents of Dallas.  They have graciously contributed $50,000.00 to the Museum as its Capital Campaign for the Frisco site moves forward.  This is a substantial cash gift toward the Museum’s goal of $500,000.00 for construction of its Phase 1A facilities in Frisco.

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Smithsonian Institution Donates Rare Locomotive to Museum
FRISCO, TX:  The Museum of the American Railroad has added a rare diesel locomotive from the Smithsonian Institution to its permanent collection.  The model PA-1 locomotive will join the museum’s Historic Santa Fe Railway Collection, which comprises several other prized pieces from the line.  Built by the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) of Schenectady, NY, the locomotive is one of a handful of its type still in existence.

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Track Materials Arrive at Frisco Site
The Museum of the American Railroad has taken delivery of the track material to be used in the Phase 1 construction

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Museum of the American Railroad Participates in NEA's Blue Star Program
Museum of the American Railroad will participate in National Endowment for the Arts' (NEA) Blue Star Museums, a program offering free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2010.

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Museum Hires International Firm to Develop Exhibits in Frisco
The Museum of the American Railroad has engaged the Australian firm Freeman-Ryan Design to provide conceptual planning and prepare design specifications for its new museum in Frisco, Texas.

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Frisco Planning & Zoning Commission Approves Museum's Preliminary Site Plan
Frisco’s Planning & Zoning Commission approved the museum’s Preliminary Site Plan by a vote of 5-0.  The plan provides for three phases of construction over a 25-year period. 

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Museum of the American Railroad and City of Frisco Finalize Move
Museum of the American Railroad officials signed, and the Frisco City Council approved, a formal agreement that finalizes plans to move the Fair Park collection of trains to a new site in Frisco.

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Railroad Museum Moving to Frisco, Texas
The Museum of the American Railroad has entered into an agreement with the City of Frisco to relocate its permanent collection and operations to that city.

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