If you’ve ever traveled on IH 35, you know that you need a stop (or four or five) to break up the monotony of the traffic. If you summer travels take you down Texas’ busiest highway, we recommend that in addition to the required stops at Bucees and Czech Stop, you stop at our June 2016 Museum of the Month, the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum.
There are two components to the museum, located in the Historic Santa Fe Depot in downtown Temple. Outside, several pieces of retired railroad rolling stock are on display, including a Santa Fe steam engine and several cabooses. Just beyond the fence, rail fans can observe the operations of the active BNSF rail yard, and twice a day, Amtrak’s Texas Eagle stops at the Temple station. (Amtrak tickets can be purchased at amtrak.com, destinations include Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, Los Angeles, and Chicago.)
Inside the restored depot, the ground floor is often used for special events. On the multiple visits to the museum over the years, the ground floor lobby have been set up for wedding receptions. After paying a small admission fee in the gift shop, you can continue upstairs to the exhibit area. Exhibits include model trains, photographs of train operations in Central Texas, and old railroad equipment such as lamps and telegraph equipment.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is located at 315 West Avenue B.
$4.00 (ages 13-59)
$3.00 (ages 60+)
$2.00 (ages 5-12)
Free admission for Active Military with current I.D.