Oklahoma Railway Museum
Trains aren’t everyday transportation in Oklahoma anymore, but they still fascinate us. The Oklahoma Railway Museum is a perfect place to discover how railroads shaped our state’s history and even take a train ride of your own.
Explore the Magic of Trains
Admission to ORM is free and includes a close look at railway cars from several different eras. It’s a popular spot for school field trips, and rail cars can be reserved for parties and private events. The museum is also an actual working railroad, offering train rides two Saturdays a month from April through August.
ORM opened in 2000 and recently began a multi-stage expansion that will include an event center, a roundhouse, and a turntable. “Our goal is to create a prototypical railway station,” says director Anne Murray. “When the turntable is finished, it will be the only working turntable in Oklahoma.”
Oklahoma Railway Museum is debt-free and relies on many volunteers, from archive assistants and gift-shop clerks to rail car attendants. Adults and high school students needing service hours are always welcome to volunteer.
The Polar Express and More
The Polar Express returns to ORM this month. A hit with kids and kids-at-heart, the event features live actors recreating scenes from the movie during a one-hour train ride. Santa makes a special appearance, and pajamas are encouraged!
The Polar Express runs on weekends beginning November 12 and every day from December 15 through 27. Admission fees help fund the expansion.
ORM also hosts Halloween and Easter train rides and other events year-round. Whether you want to relive memories of your own train rides or introduce the next generation to the delights of railroads, ORM offers something special for every guest.
Oklahoma Railway Museum is located at 3400 NE Grand Boulevard. Learn more at okalhomarailwaymuseum.org.