Marshall was an important stop on the Texas and Pacific Railroad. It's at the junction of the line coming south from Little Rock and Texarkana, and the line coming from the east from New Orleans and Shreveport. The T and P continues west of Longview, Dallas and Fort Worth. The Marshall Train Station is right in the junction of the lines. The museum is on two levels, with exhibits about the Texas and Pacific Railroad, and its history in Marshall. Large shops for the railroad were located near the station, but no longer exist. The museum explains the history of the shops, and its importance to the Marshall economy back in the period around 1890 to 1940. Amtrak still stops at Marshall, on the Texas Eagle route, between Chicago, Saint Louis, Little Rock, Texarkana, Longview, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio.
To find the Marshall Texas and Pacific Railway Museum take the US 59 exit along I-20, and go north for about 3 miles. US 59 is a busy 4 lane highway as you come into Marshall. There's a traffic light at the junction of US 59 and US 80. Go west on US 80 for about a mile. Downtown Marshall will be on the left, about a few blocks south of US 80, but watch for the signs for the Amtrak Depot on your right. It will be a small 2 lane street going north for several blocks. The street ends at the railroad tracks. The parking lot is free. You have to take the pedestrian walkway under the railroad tracks to reach the Marshall Station and the museum. Be prepared to walk down a flight of stairs, then go through a tunnel, and then to go upstairs again on the other side. There is an elevator at the station that you can use.
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