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Railfan News In Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, And Beyond


Below are various emails I have received that seemed worth saving.
Some Railfan Excursions in TX. OK, AR,NM, OH, WV. We have Museum Hours.
Railroad Historical Society meetings, TX, OK, LA, NM, AR Train Shows Schedule 2014 ,Railroad Job Openings and much more!

Updated November 7 , 2014">Railroad Tec w/ CDL November 7, 2014 Dallas Tx. Travel a lot

RAIL JOBS AVAILABLE September 7, 2014 Houston Tx.


The Central Texas Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society invites you to join us for a discussion of modern day railroading on Saturday, November 15th at 2 pm on the 3rd Floor of the Temple Public Library, 100 West Adams Avenue. The program will focus its discussion on the rail operations of Union Pacific Railroad in Central Texas.

Temple was founded by the Santa Fe railroad and is primarily a Santa Fe town; but Temple has another railroad, the Union Pacific. The rail line and historic depot, near the East Adams Avenue overpass, were once a part of the Missouri & Kansas Texas 3,377 mile rail network until it was acquired by the Union Pacific Railroad in 1988.

Historically, train operations beyond the crew in the locomotive cab were under the jurisdiction of the Train-master who at one time was required to walk the tracks, use a motorcar, or a hi-rail car. Union Pacific now call these employees MTO (Manager of Train Operations). Roland, our guest, is employed by Union Pacific to supervise territory from Ft. Worth to Waco then onto two different diverging routes south of Waco, one of which comes through Temple. His job is to supervise the railroad’s 32,000 mile network and to address problems including crew shortages, weather, track outages, and anything that would otherwise slow traffic flow and result in system-wide delays in order to keep Union Pacific’s customers happy. He will be discussing his skills and the many requirements of his rewarding career with Union Pacific in a program that will be of interest to everyone, even if you not a rail enthusiast.

The Central Texas Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society invites you to attend this one-of-a kind program you do not want to miss!! The public is invited. We will allow time for questions at the conclusion of the program. For additional information about the program or society, please contact Jeremy at 254-773-4759

Texas State Railroad Special Events 2014 Rusk, Tx.

Visit Here For Latest Texas State Railroad News

March 15 & 16, 2014 (Sat&Sun, 10am-4pm) - Great Train Expo, Expo Square, 4145 E 21st St, Tulsa, OK

Cincinnati Railways Dinner Train 2014

Cincinnati Railway's 2014 schedule. Details at:

Cincinnati Railway Train Rides 2014 Here

Santa Fe Southern Train Rides In Santa Fe New Mexico

Visit The Santa Fe Southern Site:

2013 Schedules here:


Hill Country Flyer Train Rides

Near Austin, Tx.

All aboard for 2013!

Reservation Information:

2013 Schedule Is Here


B-RI Railroad Museum Teague, Tx 2013

Thought you may like to check out the B-RI Railroad and Historical Museum's updated website.

I have included a few images from inside after the renovation.

Come and see us.

We are open on weekends from 1 - 5 PM. (Closed the weekends before Christmas and New Years.
Please forward this message if you would to friends and associates.


Ginny Folsom

UPDATED January 1, 2013

Bald Knob AR. Depot Opens

Newly Renovated - 1915 MoPac Depot & RR Museum

Just 10 minutes North of Searcy

It is also the New Location for Arkansas Traveler Hobbies

400 Market Street, Bald Knob, AR

- Your Model Railroad Headquarters

If you need directions or assisttance:

501-RAILFAN Phone

501-RAILS4U Fax


Wichita Falls Railroad Museum

The Wichita Falls Railroad Museum Hours:

Saturday             12 noon - 4 pm Gates Close @ 3:30 PM

E-mail: Telephone: 940-723-2661

TheTemple Tx Railroad & Heritage Museum

315 West Avenue B
Temple, TX 76501
Phone 254-298-5172
Fax 254-298-5171

Visit Temple Site Here

Galveston Texas Railroad Museum

The Galveston Railroad Museum is open daily from 1000 to 1700 hrs. They stop selling tickets at 1600.

Info on the web site:

The Museum is closed for recovery and restorations efforts due to the devastion of Hurricane Ike.



RS: Hugo Heritage RR Museum

Check For Current hours of operation @

Hugo Oklahoma Depot & Harvey House Information

Gulf Coast Chapter NRHS Houston, Tx

The Gulf Coast Chapter NRHS

Houston, Tx

If you need directions to the Gulf Coast Chapter Museum, click this URL:

Come on out to the Gulf Coast Museum & if not already a member, JOIN now,
help preserve Houston rail history.. (Family memberships available, see web page for details.)

The museum is closed until reopened at new undisclosed location 2013

SWORA 2005

For those who missed the event, the pictures from the April 16

Southwest Oklahoma Railroad Association open house are on the web at:

Click any one of the pictures to see a larger image (start with the first and you can sequence through the entire set).


See Trains On Glidden Sub In Sugarland, Tx

Hearne Tx Railfan Info

Live College Station Tx train crossing feed & much more!!!

Visit Hearne Tx Area Railfan Info Here

The History Center (Diboll ,Tx) Now Online !!

The History Center has its Web site up in running now. Check back from time to time as more features and exhibits are added:

When you find the online exhibit for locomotive No. 13, it includes a sound file when it was in operation.

Union Pacific Navasota Sub Train Info

A new web feature is being unveiled here in central Texas railfan land. How about a look over the Navasota sub dispatcher's shoulder? Well now you can (somewhat):

The page is experimental and will likely have a couple of bugs still and you will need to use Internet Explorer to view it. There is an "About" link at the bottom that takes you to a quickly put together page briefly telling what you are seeing and how it is done.

Comments and question are always welcome.


SLSF (Frisco) Employee Records Going Online

The Springfield Greene County Library has many of the Frisco items donated to them on the Web now. (They are still working on the employee cards) Go to

You will read where they are still working on the FRISCO EMPLOYEE CARDS. You will read

"And there's more coming" lots more: Staff are working on adding data from 40,000 cards completed by Frisco employees at the time of their employment, a treasure trove of valuable information for anyone who's assembling their family tree"

Find Rail Car Information For Modeling Etc.

On Thursday, June 12, 2003, at 08:26 PM, Mike Palmieri wrote:

There IS an on-line version of the Official Railway Equipment Register. 

It's called the Universal Machine Language Equipment Register, or UMLER.  You can access it through the BNSF web site at

and it doesn't require a password.  (It's listed under "equipment characteristics" at the bottom of the PLAN page.) It doesn't have reporting marks, but you can enter up to 300 cars at a time and it will give you:

car type
plate code
roof type
tare weight
gross allowed
load limit
dry and liquid capacity
internal and external l/w/h
side and end door w/h

This thing has all of the freight cars in the ORER, i.e. virtually every car in North America. 

It also gives some basic locomotive
dimensions.  Modelers should find this useful, and some railfans may
find it entertaining:0)


Michael M. Palmieri -- New Orleans, Louisiana

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