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 by
BAIRD - 1911 Texas & Railroad Depot Museum
is one of the few two story depots in Texas.
Texas Midland RR constructed this passenger depot in1913.
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.
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
Santa Fe Railroad Depot Museum is located near downtown Garland.
The building was constructed in 1901 and was moved in 1972. In
2013, it was relocated behind the downtown public library. A
rail car next to it is being restored. Garland had two railroads
at one time and the tracks actually crossed.
Railroad depot & museum
1901 Cotton Belt Railroad Depot & Museum. Train service
offered here to the Fort Worth Stockyards.
The 1896 Katy Depot is now the Greenville Railroad Museum including
railroad artifacts, Lionel model train display & hobby shop.
HOUSTON - Gulf Coast Railroad Museum
MARSHALL - Texas & Pacific Railroad Deport & Museum
Depot restored to the 1906 original appearance. It is now the Museum of
Railroad Memorabilia and a stop for Amtrak.
Former Cotton Belt Station built in 1894, now a museum.
Interurban Railway Station Museum is located near downtown Plano
and has the history of early-1900s electric railway system.
T&P Railroad Depot is now the Roaring Ranger Museum.
Railway Museum of San Angelo
SAN ANTONIO - Texas Transportation Museum
Old depot museum on Front St. near downtown
Burlington-Rock Island Railroad Museum
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
1910 Santa Fe depot Museum
WICHITA FALLS - Wichita Falls Railroad Museum
Depot Museum is located near downtown.
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 in 1942
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 is still in use,
also services the DART light-rail system.
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
FRISCO - this is a replica located at the Frisco Heritage Center
of the 63 year old original Frisco depot used by the St. Louis-
San Francisco Railway starting in 1902.
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 by well-trained, impeccably groomed "Harvey
Girls". Most of the Harvey Houses have been abandoned or
01. Amarillo - (1910-1940), building sold and now an
03. Brownwood - ( -1938)
04. Canadian - (1910-1939)
05. Cleburne - ( -1931)
06. El Paso - (1906-1948)
07. Fort Worth - ( -1933)
08. Dallas - ( -1923)
09. Gainesville - (1901-1931)
10. Galveston - (1897-1938)
11. Houston - (1911-1945)
12. Rosenberg (1897-1923)
13. Slaton - (1912-1942), has been renovated and is now a
B&B, museum and community center.
14. Silsbee - ( -1923)
15. Somerville - (1900-1940)
16. Sweetwater - ( -1933)
17. Paris - (1896-1930)
18. Temple - ( -1933), pictured above with museums.