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Museum of the American Railroad


The origins of this Fair Park mainstay date back to 1963, when the “Age of Steam” exhibition made its way through the State Fair of Texas, offering a glimpse at the H & TC Depot and a pair of locomotives. In the last five decades, the Museum of the American Railroad has expanded its holdings significantly, now boasting a varied collection of cabooses, passenger equipment, structures, and more.

Would-be conductors can check out a pre-World War II passenger train, complete with coaches, sleeping and lounge cars, and a dining car. The museum also houses locomotives powered by a number of different energy sources, like the 1941 Union Pacific steam locomotive known as “Big Boy,” and a General Motors FP45 that runs on diesel. The Museum of the American Railroad also hosts occasional special events, like the annual Dinner in the Diner, where a special Valentine’s Day menu is offered to couples inside the museum’s dining car.

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