The train brought civilization to the Texas frontier but after
World War II, the bustling depots fell into disuse and decay.
Many Texas stations were torn down but a few have been restored
to their former grandeur and are now museums. Photos taken by
BAIRD - 1911 Texas & Railroad Depot museum
COOPER - Texas Midland RR constructed this passenger depot in
DALLAS - The Age of Steam Railroad Museum (located at Fair Park)
changed it's name to Museum of the American Railroad. Closing
and moving to a new home in Frisco.
DENISON - Red River Railroad Museum is located in the old Katy
Depot near downtown Denison. It has historic train equipment on
display and an interactive train simulator.
ENNIS - Ennis Railroad & Cultural Heritage Museum
FRISCO - The Museum of the American Railroad (located near the
historic downtown Frisco). When completed will display the
4,500 ton "Big Boy" one of a few remaining world's biggest
and strongest steam engine moved from the railroad museum
GALVESTON - Galveston Railroad Museum & Center for Transportation
GARLAND - Garland Landmark Museum is located in downtown
Garland and open twice a month. This Santa Fe Railroad depot
was built in 1901 and will be moved to a park in the future.
Garland had two railroads and the tracks actually crossed.
The Kathy depot (right) is vacant.
GAINESVILLE - railroad depot & museum
GRAPEVINE - 1901 Cotton Belt Railroad Depot & Museum.
Train service offered here to the Fort Worth Stockyards.
GREENVILLE - the 1896 Katy Depot is now the Greenville Railroad
Museum including railroad artifacts, Lionel model train display,
and hobby shop.
HOUSTON - Gulf Coast Railroad Museum
MARSHALL - Texas & Pacific Railroad Deport & Museum
MOUNT VERNON - former Cotton Belt Station built in 1894, now
PLANO - Interurban Railway Station Museum is located in
downtown Plano and has the history of early-1900s electric
RANGER - T&P Railroad Depot is now the Roaring Ranger Museum.
SAN ANGELO - Railway Museum of San Angelo
SAN ANTONIO - Texas Transportation Museum
TEAGUE - Burlington-Rock Island Railroad Museum
TEMPLE - 1910 Santa Fe Depot & Harvey House Museum also
the historic Santa Fe Moody Depot (moved to Temple) for
the Central Texas Area Model Railroaders
TYLER - Cotton Belt Depot Museum, The Tyler Transit is
in the Passenger section & The Cotton Belt -Tyler Tap
Historical Society & Museum is in the Baggage section
WEATHERFORD - 1910 Santa Fe depot Museum
WICHITA FALLS - Wichita Falls Railroad Museum
Other Historic Texas Rail Stations
ABILENE - 1910 T&P depot
ALBANY - 1881 Texas Central depot
ALLEN - this depot was reconstructed a few years ago from
photos of old depots. The original depot burned and was
the site of the first train robbery in 1878 by Sam Bass.
The depot served the Houston & Texas Central railroad.
The train line is now abandoned.
This stone dam was built in 1874 in Allen by the
railroad to create a water reservoir for supplying
water to the steam locomotives. It is thought to
be the only one left in the U.S.
ALPINE - 1946 Mission Revival-style Southern Pacific depot
AMARILLO - 1910 Mission-style Santa Fe depot & Harvey House
BALLINGER - 1905 stone Santa Fe Depot
BAY CITY - 1905 St. Louis Brownsville & Mexico Railway depot
BONHAM - 1900 T&P depot
BRECKENRIDGE - brick 1929 Wichita Falls & Southern depot
BRENHAM - brick 1925 Santa Fe freight depot
BROWNWOOD - 1911 Santa Fe depot
CROCKETT - 1909 Missouri Pacific depot
DALLAS - 1916 Union Station in downtown Dallas
EDINBURG - 1927 Spanish Colonial Revival-style Southern Pacific
EL PASO - 1905 Beaux Arts-style Union Depot
FORT WORTH - 1931 T&P passenger terminal
DE RIO - 1976 Union Pacific station
FORT STOCKTON - 1911 Orient depot
FRANKSTON - 1906 Southern Pacific depot
HOUSTON - 1911 Union Station
IRVING - train depot built in 1896 at the East Texas town of
Clinton. It was later moved to Nevada, Fate, and then Irving.
After being renovated, it was dedicated in 1988 at the Heritage
Park in Irving's historic downtown.
JASPER - 1900 Santa Fe depot
LUBBOCK - 1928 Burlington Railroad depot
PARIS - old railroad depot in Paris is now home for two
SAN ANGELO - 1910 Orient depot
SAN ANTONIO - Opulent 1902 Southern Pacific depot
SONORA - 1930 Santa Fe depot
TERRELL - railroad depot
There were 18 Harvey House restaurants established from the
1890s through the 1940s in Texas to provide food for the
railroad travelers. Excellent food was served in spotless
surroundings. Most have been abandoned or demolished.
Amarillo - opened in 1910 and closed in 1940, building sold
and now an antique store.
Temple - pictured above with museums.