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Museum of the American Railroad in Frisco Teaches Our History & Heritage From a Unique Perspective

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The Museum of the American Railroad in Frisco is a not-for-profit Texas corporation dedicated to celebrating the heritage of and preserving railroads in addition to researching and providing educational programming on rail travel. Established in 1962, the location of the original museum was in Dallas, however, in 2012 and 2013, the museum began its move to the new location in Frisco, allowing for tours of its locomotive and rolling stock collections by appointment, while it maintains interim offices and exhibits at the Frisco Heritage Museum. In the process, the museum is working to construct its new facility in Frisco, while welcoming visitors to learn and explore the past as well as future of railroads in America.

Museum of the American Railroad in Frisco Teaches Our History & Heritage From a Unique Perspective

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Exhibits and general programs are provided throughout the year and educational programs are available to schools and universities through study trips, coordinated in-class programming and outreach, and available online resources. The general public got its first opportunity to view the museum’s forty train cars and historic depot in 2014 after all of its stock made the move from Dallas either by rail or towed via highway. Since then they’ve maintained temporary exhibits and guided walking tours from Wednesday through Sunday (museum hours are available on their website.)

Museum of the American Railroad in Frisco Teaches Our History & Heritage From a Unique Perspective

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Historic coaches, dining and lounge cars, a Pullman sleeping car and a Santa Fe caboose are just some of the unique models that can be viewed on a visit to the Museum of the American Railroad, and visitors can see the basic accommodations which train travelers would have acquired from the 1930’s to the 1950’s, plus a video and special exhibit features pertaining to rail travel from the past, present and looking to the future. All of this can still take place while the museum constructs its new 15-acre facility in Frisco, including over six thousand feet of exhibit track and forty-four train cars. If you’re a train buff or rail travel enthusiast, then Frisco, Texas is the place to be this spring and summer for a unique experience showcasing mass transportation that helped to open the American West.

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