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Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum

Completed in 1911, the historic Santa Fe Depot houses the Temple Railroad and 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 museum’s collection of railroad equipment is displayed on the grounds, next to an active railroad yard where rail-fans can observe daily operations and traffic of the BNSF and Amtrak. The beautiful Santa Fe Gardens, Whistlestop Playground, and Temple Visitor’s Center are also nearby. Restoration work on the rolling stock collection is ongoing. Check out our calendar for upcoming programs and events.

There is plenty of parking on-site. Group tours can be booked with advance notice by calling (254) 298-5172. Visitors can purchase admission to the museum in the Museum Gift Shop, along with souvenirs and all sorts of train goodies for all ages. Come visit us today!

Our Beginnings

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 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.

Mission

The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum inspires visitors to discover our rich railroad heritage and the technological history that shaped our community in the past and today.

Vision

The vision of the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum is to be the educational destination for our community to explore its past and present and to serve as a national research resource for the history of the Santa Fe Railroad and the railroads of Texas.

Guiding Values

The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum aspires to these values:

Education We put education at the core of our museum and seek to engage our audience in learning opportunities that are enriching, enjoyable, and authentic.
Excellence We offer a high quality experience to our audience and meet high museum standards.
Integrity We are open, truthful, and transparent. We make decisions that are ethical, fair, and respectful of all.
Service We are responsive to the needs of our audience and are a valued cultural resource for our community.
Stewardship We are responsible stewards for the historical resources in our care.