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Archives Overview

The Fred M. and Dale M. Springer Archives houses the archival records of the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum and serves as the official repository for the Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society. The archives cover local and railroad history. Railroad-related holdings include photographs, engineering and mechanical records, maps, drawings, timetables, employee magazines, etc. The Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum Archives focuses on the history of the Santa Fe and the railroads of Texas, but it also contains information on many different railroads from around the country. The Springer archives has one of the largest collections of railroad mechanical drawings and the most complete set of Santa Fe employee timetables. Visitors also have access to 5000 books in the research library.


The museum archives and library is open to the public Monday – Friday by appointment.
Please call 254-298-5190 or e-mail for an appointment.

Anyone wishing to visit on Saturday must also make an appointment. Requests for information can either be made by e-mail or phone. During the year hundreds of requests are received, so please allow two to four days for a response. Research fees may be applied.

Santa Fe History Available on Disk
Some popular Santa Fe archival resources are availalbe on disk. Please see our product brochure for information, prices, and how to order.


Major Collections

The Archives of the Railroad & Heritage Museum are extensive and include several important collections. They are a resource for researchers throughout the nation.



Archival Collections of the Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society

The Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum is the official repository of the Santa Fe Railroad Historical & Modeling Society.