Cleburne Railroad Museum Reopening January 2022
Effective January 2022
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
Opening in Winter 2021, the newly expanded Railroad Museum will feature more than twice the exhibit space, artifacts from the Cleburne Santa Fe Shops and other railroads that passed through Cleburne, multiple activity areas, including a model train room, and a studio for new and exciting programs.
206 N. Main St., Cleburne Texas