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National Train Day 2011
DALLAS, TX:  National Train Day - Join us this Saturday, May 7th at Dallas Union Station for National Train Day!  The Museum of the American Railroad will feature two of its historic trains in celebration of this nationwide event.  These pieces will be moved from Fair Park to the station, located at 400 S. Houston Street, for this one-day special showing.  Come celebrate the rich history & heritage of railroads, and also see the future of rail as the solution to today’s transportation challenges.

The museum will feature its restored 1931 Santa Fe M-160 Motorcar.  Known in their day as “Doodlebugs”, these self-propelled rail cars provided passenger service to small towns and rural communities.  The M-160 operated on Santa Fe branch lines in West Texas and New Mexico, finishing its career between Clovis and Carlsbad in 1967.  Built by the Brill Company of Philadelphia, M-160 is painted in Santa Fe’s famous Warbonnet scheme that was found on the line’s premiere trains throughout the American West.  

The Museum will also showcase a beautifully restored 1925 Pullman sleeping car, a rare survivor of a fleet of over 10,000 such cars used in the Golden Age of rail travel.  Once a common site at Dallas Union Terminal, the museum’s Pullman will make a rare appearance in celebration of railroading’s rich history and promising future.  

The Museum of the American Railroad is also moving to Frisco, Texas later this year!  Feel free to drop by National Train Day and get the most up-to-date information on this exciting project in creating the premiere museum of railway history and technology in the Southwest.  

Museum representatives will provide guided tours of the equipment between 11:00am and 5:00pm.  Our thanks to the Dallas Garland & Northeastern Railroad and Amtrak for their continued support of the Museum’s efforts.  

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