Traveling History Along the Red River Rails
Nothing beats train travel. Even though getting to your destination takes longer than a car or a plane, it is still a
much more enjoyable way to journey across the great wide open. Following is a list of places where you can
experience the rails for yourself. Then, get to know the history of the
Red River Rails.
Grapevine Vintage Railroad
  • Offers diesel or steam powered excursion trains from
    Grapevine to Fort Worth Stockyards and back
  • Shorter excursion through Stockyards and Trinity River
    Valley
  • Depots located in downtown Grapevine and in Fort Worth
    Stockyards
  • $18-20 per adult; $10 per child
  • http://www.gvrr.com

The passenger compartments are both open air carriages and
plush interior cars.  There is talk that the Cottonbelt  tracks that
run by the depot will become a commuter railroad route.
Museum of the American Railroad
  • 6455 Page Street, Frisco, Texas; 214-428-0101
  • Admission charged; free parking
  • Wed-Sun 10am-5pm
  • Displays include old depot, tower, electric, diesel, and steam
    locomotives; Union Pacific’s “Big Boy,” Jim Crow car; Pullman
    cars; steam calliope
  • http://www.museumoftheamericanrailroad.org/

The entire museum moved to Frisco, Texas in 2011 from its original
home at Fair Park in Dallas. As of 2014, it is still closed but is
actively raising funds to open in Frisco. Some railroad
paraphernalia is displayed inside the Frisco Heritage Center.
Wichita Falls Railroad Museum
  • 500 9th Street, Wichita Falls, Texas; 940-723-2661
  • Admission charged; free parking; Tues- Sat 12pm – 4pm
  • Displays include diesel and steam locomotives; freight and
    passenger stock; post office car; troop car; model railroad.
  • http://wfrrm.com

The photo of the Fort Worth & Denver Steam Locomotive #304 is
from the WFRRM.
Red River Railroad Museum
  • 101 East Main Street, Ste 120, Denison, Texas; 903-463-KATY
  • Open Friday & Saturday 11am - 6pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm
  • Admission charged (?); free parking
  • Displays include ephemera, photos, equipment, some
    rolling stock. Museum is housed in a KATY office building.
    Across the tracks is the picturesque Traveler’s Hotel.
  • http://www.redriverrailmuseum.org

This museum recently reopened after renovating. It has an active
volunteer base with many knowledgeable people, including
Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad retirees.
Hugo Railroad Museum
  • 309 North B Street, Hugo, Oklahoma; 405-326-6630
  • Free admission; free parking; Tues-Fri 9am-3pm; Sat 9am-5pm
  • Displays include memorabilia, photos, maps, signs, rolling
    stock, housed in original 1914 Frisco Depot; next door is an
    original Harvey House Restaurant (in business).

The Museum does not showcase much in the way of rolling stock,
but the depot is gorgeous.
Interurban Museum, Plano, Texas
  • 901 E 15th Street next to DART line in downtown Plano,
    Texas; 972-941-2117
  • Free admission; free parking; Mon-Fri 10am-2pm; Sat 1pm-
    5pm
  • Displays include interactive exhibits, photos, and original
    Texas Electric Company car. Museum is housed inside the
    original Texas Electric Railway power station.
  • Website

This museum tells the story of the Interurban, a passenger rail
line that linked Denison to Dallas and other places from 1901 to
1948.
A great excursion is the Heartland Flyer, an
Amtrak train that takes you from Oklahoma City
to Fort Worth (or vica versa) and back.

Denison is THE railroad town of the Red River
Valley. Read up on
Denison's amazing history.
Ennis Railroad and Cultural Museum
  • 105 Northeast Main Street, Ennis, Texas; 972-875-1901
  • Open Monday - Saturday 10 am to 4 pm  and Sunday 1pm-4pm
  • Admission charged; free parking
  • Displays include model layout, clothing, whistles, china, and
    ephemera. The museum is located inside and old restaurant
    on the site of the original depot.
  • http://www.visitennis.org/Visiting_Ennis/Points_of_Interest.
    html

The museum is run by volunteers and is well appointed. A short
film about Ennis' history offers good perspectives.
Caprock Canyon State Park Trail & Clarity Tunnel
  • Caprock Canyon State Park is north of Quitaque (Kitty-Kway),
    Texas: follow signs.
  • Trail heads are at Quitaque (longer ride/hike) or south of
    town on FM 689 (shorter ride/ hike)
  • Follow trail south to Clarity Tunnel (11 miles from Quitaque)
  • $4 per person; free parking; everyday; overnight camping
  • Clarity Tunnel is the only surviving railroad tunnel in Texas.
    Bats nest inside, but it's accessible via the trail.
  • http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/caprock-canyons

Make sure to bring water and food on the trail. The trail used to be
the Fort Worth Denver City Railway.
Questions or comments? E-mail me:
robin@redriverhistorian.com