Then and Now: Richardson Station and Freight Depot

“Railroad Fever” came to North Texas a second time in the early 1900’s…and a then small rural town named Richardson quickly came under its influence [1].   The first incident of ‘railroad fever’ occurred when rail service arrived in 1873, in the form of the Houston & Texas Central Railroad (H&TC).  That route bypassed the nearby … Continue reading Then and Now: Richardson Station and Freight Depot

History of Car 360 (1949-2020)

In August 2020, we wrote about the history of the train car that sits outside the Interurban Railway Museum; from its building through its long career in the Texas Electric Railway until the company closed in 1948. In this blog, we'll finish up the story by telling you about how Texas Electric Railway Car 360 went from an auction to a backyard in Waxahachie, before ending up at the Interurban Railway Museum.

Holidays on the Interurban

Santa Claus, Fred Gildersleeve, and Waco's Alessandro's Band walk into a bar—I mean, a Sanger Brothers Department Store. Okay? Just hear me out. I swear this isn't a bad joke. It actually happened! In the spirit of the holiday season, we thought we'd dive into our archives and reveal a few timely photos of interurbans from the Southern Traction Company and the Texas Electric Railway—two featuring Old Kris Kringle. Keep reading to learn about the time Santa Claus left his reindeer behind and traveled to Waco on a railcar in 1913, and a snowy Christmas Eve in Dallas in 1948!

The Shorts: At Journey’s End

There’s an old turn of phrase, ’the long and the short of it’, which in more current lingo, means there’s a long version and a short version. We’re going to incorporate part of that phrase in the title of some of our blogs going forward. “The Shorts” will identify blogs shorter in length, that include … Continue reading The Shorts: At Journey’s End

Plano Substation, Part II: The Restoration

After the Texas Electric Railway ceased passenger operations on December 31, 1948, officials began removing tracks and selling off the right-of-ways. The interurban station in Plano, once an integral facet of the city throughout the early to mid-1900s, through World Wars and Depressions, no longer served as a transportation hub to Dallas or Denison for its citizens. Instead, the building, once buzzing with life and activity, was passed on from owner to owner, sometimes sitting entirely empty and other times being repurposed for small business ventures. 73 years after its abandonment by the Texas Electric Railway, the City of Plano restored the building, giving it a new life as another form of community center—a museum.

5 Scary Archival Discoveries

As Halloween aproaches and everyone's thoughts turn to ghosts, goblins, and ghouls, we at the Interurban Railway Museum look at it in a different way. We don't have any creepy haunted dolls or ancient cursed tomes, but we have come across some pretty frightening artifacts. Keep reading to see five spooky discoveries that sent chills down our archivists' spines!

Plano Substation, Part I: The History

Undoubtedly, one of the most important moments in Plano history was the arrival of the interurban. Thanks to the efforts of the City of Plano's Department of Parks and Recreation and some dedicated citizens, Plano's Interurban Railway depot (1908-1948) still stands today with Texas Electric Railway Passenger Motor 360 at its side. Now known as the Interurban Railway Museum, it is listed on the National Register for Historic Places and is the only depot remaining on the former Dallas-Denison line. Located at 901 East 15th Street, the historic building serves as a reminder of Plano's early transportation history and of a time long past.

What North Texas Giving Day Means To Us

It's that time of year again, where every non-profit organization you've ever visited in North Texas asks for your support. But this year is so very different. We've participated in this annual fundraiser for a few years now, asking for your help in funding our attempts to expand and improve our School Tour Program and … Continue reading What North Texas Giving Day Means To Us