Completed in 1911, the historic Santa Fe Depot, in Temple, Texas, houses the Temple Railroad
Heritage Museum. The exhibits explore the history of the railroad and topics relating to regional
and local history. The museum also hosts temporary exhibits, education programs, and special events.
The special exhibit "America's Road: The Journey of Route 66" was on exhibit when I visited the
museum. Fantastic exhibit!
The museum's collection of railroad equipment is displayed on the grounds, including three locomotives, railroad passenger cars, and cabooses on static display. Restoration work on this rolling stock collection is ongoing. The Santa Fe Depot is located next to an active railroad yard, where rail-fans can observe daily operations and traffic of the BNSF and Amtrak.
The Railroad and Heritage Museum was founded in 1973 to collect, preserve and exhibit the history of the railroads and local history of Central Texas. The original collection was housed in the 1907 Moody Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe depot. In 1995, the city of Temple bought 8.5 acres of land around the station and the Santa Fe Railroad donated the building.
In 1996, an ISTEA grant for renovating the Temple Santa Fe depot, which had been vacated by the railroad and was destined for demolition, was applied for and received. Three years later, in 1999, work on the restoration began. Dedication of the restored depot took place on July 8, 2000. This beautifully restored depot is now the home of the museum.
Next to the depot is the former Moody, Texas depot which is now home to the Central Texas Area Model Railroaders. Inside the depot is a model train layout which is open to the public on the first and fourth Saturday of each month.
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Railroad & Heritage Museum
Old Santa Fe Depot
315 W. Avenue B
Temple, Texas 76501