The Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum has been hard at work updating all of its permanent exhibits. The first improvement to be completed is the new and improved communications room. Here, visitors can learn about all the different ways the railroads used communications to keep the trains running safely and on time, including some modern additions like the Advanced Train Control System (ATCS) which allows you to see real time train movements of the local yard and adjacent area. The space which now houses the communications gallery was the historic telegraph office when the Santa Fe Depot was a working train station and office.
“We are very excited about the new Communications Room,” said Curator, Angela McCleaf. “This project has been a focus for several months and far exceeds our expectations. We look forward to seeing visitors react to all of the new displays!”
The exhibit features some new objects that have not been seen in the museum before. One highlight is the 1940s draftsman’s desk for Santa Fe’s DFW office, which was used by Santa Fe draftsman, G.A. Baker. This unique artifact was a recent donation. The exhibit also features an early 19010-1920s Santa Fe timeclock, as well as a stationmaster’s clock donated by the Temple Chamber of Commerce.
The Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm. For more information, visit www.templrrhm.org