TEMPLE RAILROAD AND HERITAGE MUSEUM
315 W. Avenue B
Hours: Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Group tours and tours of Pullman sleeper cars and Missouri-Kansas-Texas caboose by appointment only. Nearby Centra-Mod model train exhibit open 1 to 5 p.m. on first and third Saturdays of month.
Admission: $4 for ages 13 to 59, $3 for ages 60 and older, $2 for ages 5 to 12; free for ages 4 and younger.
What’s there? History of Texas railroads and, specifically, the Santa Fe and its relationship to Temple; displays of Pullman cars and porters’ uniforms; Santa Fe Railway hospital; railroad blacksmith shop; evolution of steam and diesel electric engines.
Don’t miss: Actual steam engine open for public walk-through; Harvey House (early chain of railroad dining rooms) table setting; early 20th-century items purchased through mail order (including a pump organ); telegraph office and dispatch board; model trains and scale model of 1913 Santa Fe Depot; chart of “hobo codes”; and engineers’ signaling lanterns.
Gift shop: Yes, with railroad engineer caps, T-shirts, books, railroad pins and patches, posters, toy trains and Santa Fe memorabilia.
For Thursdays in July, we’re profiling some of the smaller museums in Central Texas for summer day trips, educational visits or simply contact with the new and different.