The Central Oklahoma Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society originally began work on establishing a railway museum as early as the 1980's, but it wasn't until the late 90's that a business plan was developed that would eventually help to form the Oklahoma Railway Museum in Oklahoma City several years later. With multiple, operating locomotives, the museum offers a unique educational attraction for the Oklahoma City metro area. Visitors can experience historical trains such as a real steam engine, ride a real passenger train and, at certain times of the year, have a "Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine," the star of the popular children's series "Thomas & Friends."
3400 N.E. Grand Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
The Oklahoma Railway Museum is located just west of I-35, about a mile or so south of the OKC Zoo in the Adventure District, a popular attractions area of OKC. From I-35, take Exit 131 west to Grand Boulevard and go south.
Admission & Hours of Operation:
Admission to the Oklahoma Railway Museum is absolutely free.
The Oklahoma Railway Museum is an outdoor attraction, so all operating hours are provided with the caveat that it may be closed due to inclement weather or when the temperature is below forty degrees. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. See below for train-riding schedule.
Ride the Train:
Visitors can even ride the train. Trains run the first and third Saturdays from April to August, the first Saturday in September and the last Saturday in October. The schedule of departures on those days is:
- 10 a.m.
- 11 a.m.
- 1:30 p.m.
- 2:30 p.m.
Thomas the Tank Engine:
A 15-ton replica of Thomas the Tank Engine, the star of the popular children's series "Thomas & Friends," is featured each year in the early fall as part of the "Day Out with Thomas" tour. The event allows kids to take a 25-minute ride on Thomas, meet Controller of the Railway Sir Topham Hatt and participate in activities such as arts & crafts, storytelling, video viewing, model trains and more. Tickets are $16 if purchased online or $18 at the door.
See the September and October event calendars for information on this year's dates.
Other Special Trains:
Each year, the Oklahoma Railway Museum hosts both a Halloween Train and a Christmas Train. For dates, see the official site. Dress up in costume for the Halloween Train and get $2 off the ticket, normally priced $15 for those 15 and up. Tickets are only $5 for kids between the ages of 3 and 14, and free for those under 3.
A unique venue indeed for a child's birthday party, the Oklahoma City Railway Museum features a 1921 wooden caboose, a train depot platform or other areas of the outdoor grounds. Two birthday packages are available, one that costs $200 and includes a train ride of up to 30 guests (available only on certain dates) or a $100 option without a train ride. Both include paper engineer hats and a rail safety coloring book. For more information, call (405) 850-0597 or email to email@example.com.