Cleburne Railroad Museum
Admission is FREE
About the Railroad
On October 21, 1881 the first railroad pulled into Cleburne and was greeted by 1,000 spectators, one-quarter of the town’s population. In 1897, Cleburne won out over Dallas, Fort Worth and Temple to become the location of the biggest Santa Fe shops west of the Mississippi, where they repaired and manufactured locomotives and other rail cars. The Cleburne Santa Fe Shops brought prosperity to Cleburne and were the largest employer for a century. While the Shops closed in 1989, the story of the Railroad is an integral part of the history of Cleburne.
After many years of planning, the Cleburne Railroad Museum opened to the public in November 2016 and now boasts a collection that encompases over 2,000 railroad artifacts.
What to expect to see or experience during your visit
Activities throughout the museum will provide fun for the whole family. Visitors can travel to a magical world as they watch as multiple model trains run throughout the C&JC Railroad, our HO scale model train room. The Studio, a multi-purpose event space, will host a busy schedule of programs. In addition to being able to get up close to 400 historic objects and memorabilia, visitors can also take a virtual tour that provides information about the exhibits and visits to historic railroad locations throughout town, such as Engine #3417, also known locally as “The Spirit of Cleburne.”
206 N. Main St., Cleburne Texas