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All aboard the New Braunfels Express!

All aboard the New Braunfels Express!
HARRY & LINDA KAYE PEREZ The fascination with railroads of all sizes means the exhibits are all sizes, too, at the New Braunfels Railroad Museum, which includes this model railway.

The New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modelers Society was the brainchild of a group of railroad modelers back in 1984, and is dedicated to the preservation of railroad artifacts and education. But they did much more than that. This group created a wonderful place for children of all ages and railroad aficionados to explore and enjoy the world of trains.

New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modelers Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of railroad artifacts and education. Members have a diverse cross-section of interests, including railroad history, artifact collection, and model railroading in all scales.

The railroad museum is located in downtown New Braunfels inside the restored 1907 I&GN Depot. It is immediately adjacent to one of the busiest North/South Union Pacific railroad tracks in downtown New Braunfels. More than 30 trains every day use these tracks, including the San Antonio to Chicago AMTRAK passenger trains, northbound trains in the morning, southbound in the afternoon. The museum includes Old Engine No. 7, a Missouri Pacific caboose, a dining car, a complete scaled village, the reconstructed train depot, and artifacts and photographs from the golden age of railroading.

Locomotive No. 7, built by the H.K. Porter Locomotive Co. in July 1942 for the Florida Portland Cement Company, was used by several other businesses over the years, and thanks to donations from area residents was purchased by the museum in November 1993.

The Doyle P. Bond Pullman Dining Car, built in 1922, can seat up to 48 and is a unique venue for showers, parties, dinners, luncheons, meetings, and seminars. Reservations can be made through the museum. Those making reservations can choose one of the many caterers in New Braunfels, or you can bring your own decorations, food, and drinks.

The Box Car houses an N-Scale town, complete with houses, train tracks, a ship channel, a freeway, a wind farm, a crime scene, a junkyard, and, according to Station Manager Arlene Rhodes, even a funeral procession and ongoing burial.

The Missouri Pacific Caboose was built in 1950 in Sedalia, Mo., and was acquired by the New Braunfels museum in July 1987. Currently, the inside of the caboose is undergoing some changes. When completed, it will resemble what it looked like in earlier days.

Kids Fun Day is the first Saturday each month and is one of the most popular programs offered by the New Braunfels Railroad Museum. Kids can “run the train” and become a Junior Engineer. They can see the Lego train on display and even build their own Lego model. Of course, the entire museum is available, in addition to the special kids events.

The best part is that the museum is open to the public at no charge and all are welcome.

Harry and Linda Kaye Perez are freelance writers from just down the road from Floresville. Together they share a passion for traveling and writing, and discovering the very best in all corners of the world. Email them at

Find out more!

New Braunfels Railroad Museum, 302 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels; 830-627-2447;

¢Admission is free!

¢Winter hours (Labor Day to Memorial Day): Monday, Thursday, and Friday, noon to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

¢Summer hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day): Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

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