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Interurban Railway Musuem

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Address: 901 E 15th St, Plano, TX 75074-5807
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+1 972-941-2117
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 14:00
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The Interurban Railway Museum is strategically located in Plano's Haggard...

The Interurban Railway Museum is strategically located in Plano's Haggard Park and surrounding historic downtown and neighborhood. Amenities such as a playground, picnic tables, a bandstand, and a small pond can be found within the park. Parking is available in the lot immediately adjacent to the museum and the DART rail stop. Museum guests will enjoy a tour of Railway Post Office Car #360, guided by a uniformed rail car motor man. Guests will learn about the rail post office system, discuss period advertising in the train car and learn more about electric rail travel. Guests will also tour the Interurban Railway Museum, learning about regional history in the history room, exploring interactive displays in the science room and experiencing the working "O" scale model train layout and other period artifacts. For those wishing to explore the park and surrounding neighborhood, information is available for a walking tour of the historic area surrounding the museum. Also, be sure to ask about the public art pieces in the neighboring park and the museum's time capsule! Every Friday at 10:30 a.m. the museum offers a children's story time, hosted by professional storyteller Genie Hammel. The museum is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Saturday 1 - 5 p.m. Special field trip programs are available upon request.

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Unbelievable gem you've never heard of

It's a museum, which is good enough. But then you add in docents (which on my trip were all 70+ year old men) who are passionate about the topic, and you get a day you'll never... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kaerukun
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Frisco, Texas
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Frisco, Texas
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a museum, which is good enough. But then you add in docents (which on my trip were all 70+ year old men) who are passionate about the topic, and you get a day you'll never forget. Kids and adults will love this place, but kids might get bored before the adults will. There's so much to see and do... More 

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Enloe, Texas
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30 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interurban Railway Museum is a great stop in Plano, for train aficionados young and old. The museum offers a bit of education on electric trains, and historical information on the Interurban Railway. Located next to Haggard Park in Plano.

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Thank Enloe M
Plano, Texas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is so convenient that one tends to ignore it for just being a train car. I did so for almost 25+ years of living in the area. I happened to be in the park next door one day and decided to stroll through this museum. You can take a self-guided tour of museum or signup for a guided... More 

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Thank C B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is housed in the old power station that used to power the railway. A trip round the museum consists of a guided tour of the exhibits and is so interesting. Almost every exhibit is interactive and brings the story of the railway to life. There is also a great model railway. Outside you are get to go inside... More 

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Thank Stuart C
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

Although I dated the visit in April 2016, my visit was many years before. The museum captures a part of Texas transportation history that is often forgotten. The segregated cars are a stark reminder of the Jim Crow era in Texas. The railway was used to transport mail as well as people. The mail car is very interesting. Guided tours... More 

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Thank Allen M
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

You wouldn't expect a neat piece of history like this to still be here, but this is a neat little excursion for an hour or two. The museum tells the story of the interurban rail that operated north south in the Metroplex years ago. Anyone who is interested in history or trains, or the Dallas / Plano/ Sherman area will... More 

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Plano, United States
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

So much history displayed for your review! Facts,, pictures, and very entertaining docents!! If you want to learn more about Plano, this is the place to go!

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Thank Jimmy D
Plano, Texas, United States
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

I love trains and I certainly enjoy visiting and stopping by sites with train history and displays. This site is within a couple miles of where we live and it is a site I have visited often. One of the local ham radio clubs has done special events from the site (I'm also an avid ham radio operator) and this... More 

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Thank Nolan K
Plano, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

This is a small museum in Downtown Plano easily accessible from the Downtown Plano DART Station which also has plenty of parking. I've been there several time. The curator is excellent. Worth a visit to see some of Plano's history.

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Thank robertkL1499OV
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Reviewed 21 August 2016

Visited with friends on a Saturday afternoon. There were two docents there who greeted us and toured us through the displays and the railroad car. Very interesting and informative.

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