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Updated 03/08/2012 03:02 PM
Wilde About Texas: Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum
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Twice a day, Amtrak's Texas Eagle makes a stop at Temple's 101-year-old train depot.
The daily stops serve as just one small example of how the railroad continues to play a role in this Central Texas city.
That relationship is on display at the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum.
"Temple was a really thriving community because of the railroad back then in the 1800s, and it still has a really strong unique relationship with the railroad today," Judy Covington with the museum said. "We celebrate not only the history and heritage of Temple but that of railroading."
Inside, visitors experience the history of railroad in Texas and the southwest. They can even gain an appreciation for Temple's railroading heritage when climbing in an old steam engine.
"We have and amazing steam locomotive, we have a very historical Pullman car, a sleeping car, we have other railroad cars that are just so much fun to climb on and to tour," Covington said.
Temple was important because of cotton, and now, the depot, the museum and the still-functioning rail yard serve as reminders of how important railroading continues to be.
"We have to go over them and around them, but we don't really see trains that much so we don't think about them. But they really do play a vital part in our lives," Covington said.
The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum is open Monday through Saturday. Click here for more information.