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“Train-mania fun!”

Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Temple
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

What a great train museum! There was plenty to see and do for young and old. 2nd floor of museum has LOTS of memorabilia from the Santa Fe plus other train items. Interesting historical readings. Look outside the back windows for a good view of the trains & tracks. For young kids, there's a play room with train toys. Outside there is a couple of old trains you can get up close to that are fenced in safely from the working track area. Our kids enjoyed walking the tracks, climbing aboard the engine car, and pulling a rope to make the bell ring! During our 1.5 hr visit, there were 3 trains that passed by, and all blew their horns and waved - fun! This place is an Amtrack stop, so we got to watch the passengers exit and enter the train, and the conductor yell "Aaalll Abooard!" as they were about to depart. Great show for the kids. The gift shop is chocked FULL of train gadgets, shirts, games, pins, cards, Thomas, toys...great place to get a gift for train lovers or bday party gift. Staff was friendly. Glad we stopped while travelling through town. Accessible, and free parking directly in front of museum.

4  Thank TravelingforFunTexas
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Reviewed 23 April 2014 via mobile

Very nicely restored building old trains out on the back that allow tours. Nice little park next door that you can watch the running trains come through. Very cool piece of history in temple it's a must see of even u just drive by.

1  Thank wick1979
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

Full disclosure: We are inveterate train fans. But still. This place was amazing.

Friendliest, most informational museum staffer ever. I love people who love their job ... it sure shows. Wish I had gotten her name.

The museum was fun, interesting, full of all things railroad you might never see anywhere else. I liked the Harvey Girls exhibit, the tools exhibits, the rich history of all things connected to the town and to the railroad. Interesting info about Temple's early-day subdivisions, who knew.

Dishes, menus and other super fun memorabilia from back in the day. Photos, maps, an old bench from the depot. The train yard. The WW II stuff. All the wondrous quality wood of things like this one big rail station desk. The gorgeous Native American paintings exhibit that harks back to railroad promotional posters. The hobo symbols meant to let the next hobo know how to best go about getting a meal or a night in the barn, hilarious but kind of touching too.

Conductor memorabilia, hats, coats, etc. Nice gift shop (but they need more and better selection of adult T-shirts ... we couldn't find one to buy though we wanted to, badly). They need a little sandwich shop too. We would have eaten the humblest thing there, just to be eating there. Beautiful old depot, stunning marble floors. Oh, and there was a nice model train exhibit there and the coolest collection of older train nerds there the day we were there, they were overseeing the model train exhibit, guess parts of it belonged to each of them. They made my day.

Out in the train yard we got to see engineers shuttling an engine out of the shop onto the track and then back again onto a different track. We too are a little bit nerdy.

So much is original, even the bathrooms thrilled my heart, the old tile and the old doors and handles.

That super nice staffer, she let us look at her binder that had a complete list of all the eateries in town, saved us a lot of tortured surfing on our cells for somewhere to go.

Can't say enough good about this place. I never take photos much but I took a lot here. Such fun. Thanks, Temple, and whatever else powers that be, for having preserved such a great tribute to your train history and to your town!

4  Thank papertravel
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

Have been several times over the last 4 years, our grandson loves the childrens playroom. We love visiting when Amtrak stops from San Antonio. The passengers get off and chat about their origins. It is great!!

1  Thank Rzip627
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

Not just an active Amtrak station but also a museum with several engines and passenger cars outside and a great museum on the second floor. My Dad and I had time to kill after his appointment at the VA clinic so we thought what the heck! Lots of live freight train traffic passing thru too!

3  Thank TallLadyTX
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