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Red River Railroad Museum

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Address: 101 E Main St Ste 145, Trackside at the Katy Depot, Denison, TX 75021-3068
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+1 903-463-5289
11:00 - 16:00
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Sun 13:00 - 16:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 16:00

The museum is open Thu - Fri - Sat 11AM - 4PM and Sun 1PM - 4P. The RRRM...

The museum is open Thu - Fri - Sat 11AM - 4PM and Sun 1PM - 4P. The RRRM displays many historical items from the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad known as the Katy and other rail lines serving Denison, Texas and the Texoma area. Entrance door with parking is on the trackside of the Historic Katy Depot, two blocks east of US 69. The museum features our Smith Foundation Media Center showing vintage train footage on a 12 foot High Definetion Screen with thrilling surround sound which is available to rent for parties and movie screenings for up to 30 people and "Lil Katy" our trackless kidde train is available to rent for your next party or gathing. Come visit our Interactive Train Simulator the next best thing to operate the real thing. Our gift store has many train related items to purchase. "Katy's Baby, The story of Denison, Texas" by Jack McGuire is available and on our website. Outside next to our train equipment display is the historical marker for the site of the first North-South Rail Connection in the United States.

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We arrived about 3:30 and they close at 4 PM. The nice lady there did not care when 4 PM rolled around, she just kept on with the tour until about 4:30 PM. The little area for the... read more

Reviewed 7 April 2017
Shamrock, Texas
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Shamrock, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017

We arrived about 3:30 and they close at 4 PM. The nice lady there did not care when 4 PM rolled around, she just kept on with the tour until about 4:30 PM. The little area for the museum is very well done and they could use a lot more space. Apparently the entire complex is privately owned with the... More 

Thank Retired_in_MX
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5 reviews
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Video on orphan train was enlightening. Street Kids sent from New York to Midwest to be adopted from 1850's to 1925

Thank Juanita F
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Loved visiting this historic site. Very interesting to read about the history of the railroads and actually being able to see one in person was amazing. A definite walk through history and well worth the trip.

Thank Roxann G
Fort Worth, Texas
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 November 2016

This museum has a little bit of everything! You have to look close, but it is there. There is a lot of history in a small place. Absolutely delightful

Thank tommy92643
Canton, Texas
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I visited this unique museum. There is hundreds is artifacts about the Missouri, Kansas, Texas railroad. This railroad built Denison. A must see if you are a railroad fan.

1 Thank Donna B
Forney, Texas
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357 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2016

This is a good but small museum about the Katy railroad. It's inside the historic Katy Depot. History of the Katy.

1 Thank Nated2519
Denison, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2016 via mobile

This is a great little local museum. The railroad is such a big part of our local history. They've done a great job of putting this together. Lots of memorabilia to gaze upon too.

1 Thank Vickie M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2015

This isn't a very large museum, but it is still enjoyable! There is a lot to see in the museum's two rooms. The objects are clearly labeled and laid out in such a way that they don't feel cluttered. What's neat is that most of the artifacts pertain to the Denison area, or at least to the MKT. The locomotive... More 

3 Thank Hayley E
Plano, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2015

We enjoy small town America railroad museums. It is small but you will like it if you are a train buff.

2 Thank Dana N
Arlington, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2015

The museum is only two rooms inside and some train cars outside. It has many nicely.laid out display cases, but it is lacking in interactive exhibits for kids. The volunteer was extremely friendly and answered my son's many questions with a wealth of information and great attitude. This is a free museum, relying solely on donations. It won't take long... More 

1 Thank Jessica L

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