Railroad Museum of Oklahoma
The Railroad Museum of Oklahoma in Enid features one of the largest collections of railroad material in the United States. The museum is housed in an historic freight depot from the 1920s which was donated by the Santa Fe Railroad Company and had been vacant for 25 years until restoration began in the late 1980s. It is a large space with 360 windows that is full of historical artifacts. The Railroad Museum of Oklahoma has the distinction of being one of the only railroad museums in the country to conduct all of their caboose excursions over the rails.
Exhibits inside the museum include over 1,000 pieces of dining car china and silver service from passenger trains of the past, maps depicting various railroad lines, railroad paintings, depot clocks, locks, keys and a functioning telegraph system with 47 components. A giant O-scale layout featuring circus trains and related equipment is a popular attraction for young and old alike. The model railroad room includes HO-gauge and N-gauge layouts. There are also steam and diesel engine bells, railroader memorabilia and passenger train stepboxes from various Oklahoma railroads.
Nine authentic cabooses are on display from various railroads that have served Enid, along with motor cars, five different kinds of box cars, twelve different standard gauge freight cars, a three dome tank car, a Frisco 1519 Steam Engine, a former AMTRAK lounge car that is now used as a dinner car, traveling post office car and a 50 ton G.E. switcher locomotive that is still being used to move the rolling stock around on the museum tracks. Two types of flatcars round out the museum's collection of vintage freight cars.
Reference libraries of books, photos, videotapes, railroad money, railroad signs, postcards of depots all over the United States and much more are also on-site. Bus tours are welcome and catered dinners can be arranged for up to 100 guests. Two excursion trains are offered twice a year. Breakfast is served aboard the Wanda Lee on select dates and there is a museum open house in April. Please call for dates and reservations for all events. Be sure to pick up a souvenir from the museum's store to make your memories last forever.