All Aboard!

As you’re planning your summer activities, be sure to include a few visits to the Museum of the Plains (1200 N. Main). In addition to its previous exhibits, it now includes a red Santa Fe Railroad caboose. Last August, the museum fulfilled a 30-year mission when it brought in the 62,000-pound caboose.

Perryton was formed in 1919 when Gray, Oklahoma, and Ochiltree, Texas, merged midway to take advantage of the Santa Fe Railroad’s location. Because of this, it was important to the museum to showcase this piece of Perryton’s history. It had the depot and railroad tracks, so the caboose fully completes the museum’s railroad exhibit.

The caboose was purchased through private donations then restored to its original paint scheme and details. What was previously a green, rusted, Burlington Northern-branded 1975 caboose is now a shiny, red Santa Fe caboose. The restoration, which was done by Progress Rail Services in Amarillo, took 15 workers several hundred hours.

Visitors to the museum can now tour the interior of the caboose to gain a better understanding of what it was like to travel by rail. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

 


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