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Frisco Turntable is Here!

A relic of the railway industry has  join the Oklahoma Railway Museum, the 100-foot Frisco turntable was delivered via truck by J&B Heavy Haul on April 14.

Check back we will have a webpage up soon with pictures of the move.


Photos: Jay Chilton


Historic Frisco Turntable coming to ORM

A relic of the railway industry is set to join the Oklahoma Railway Museum, as a 100-foot Frisco turntable will be delivered via truck by J&B Heavy Haul on April 14.

Utilized as a way to turn locomotives 180 degrees, allowing trains to travel back in the direction from which they came, turntables were once an integral part of the railway industry. They are typically steel bridges, ranging from 6 to 120 feet long, supported by an axis in the middle of the structure. Wheels on the outside guide the turntable on its ring tail, while equipment is turned.

The turntable arriving at the Oklahoma Railway Museum was originally installed in Sapulpa, Okla., in 1920 by the Frisco railroad. It was moved by the Frisco to Oklahoma City in 1929 as a replacement for an 82-foot turntable. In 1994, it was donated to the museum by the BNSF Railway. It is being transported from Stillwater Central’s yard.

As the Stillwater Central is an active railroad facility, public access prior to transportation of the turntable will be restricted. Turntable will be accessible at the Oklahoma Railway Museum. ORM thanks the Stillwater Central for their support of the museum on this project.

The museum is also seeking donations to help cover the costs of relocating the turntable. Donations can be made through the museum’s website at, or by mail at 3400 NE Grand Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK, 7311.

New parking lot completed!

The new parking lot was completed and was inaugurated with the Central Oklahoma Corvette club meet up on March 11th. Tuna Dobbins had the honor of being the first to park in the new lot.


Track work

Guy Lynn and his crew, Lupe, Gregorio, Miguel, Angel, Carlos and Raphael were hard at work last week surfacing and tamping the Main 2.  The track was also adjusted so that Santa Fe engine #2571 can now enter the house track. It looks great for the start of the 2017 run season!

Tamping                                                                    View North                                                        View South

Track work 1      Track work 2  track work 3

New Year sees new construction

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Oklahoma Railway Museum has started the new year with an exciting new project. Construction started this week on our new parking lot. The crew from A-Tech started earth moving operations on Tuesday.

Expansion plan print 2015-11-19 cropped


Custom Wind Chime

Member Art Gustafson made a custom wind chime for the Oklahoma Railway Museum.


The wind chime is currently hanging outside the museum office. The tube are stainless steel, the top is aluminum, the striker is aluminum with a plastic sound control and the wind sale is melted plastic bags. It has 3 setting for sound. A new wind sail will be made and we will re-hang it with cables.  Every thing is recycled or leftover from projects. So it makes a soft green sound.


See a video of it here







Annual Members Picnic June 11, 2016

Join us for ORM’s Annual Member’s Picnic June 11, 2016

Bob Nantois will be cooking up cooking up lunch on our new gas grill. Bring your family and friends show them around the museum. There has been lots of progress on restoration projects and improvements to the grounds.

Lunch will be served at 11:00am followed by a train ride


ORM Receives Printer Donation

R. K. Black recently donated a much needed Multi-Function Office Printer to ORM. The unit has scanning, copying, and printing capabilities in Full Color as well as Back in white. This unit replaced two printer/scanners that were donated over the years and were showing their age. Both units were picked up by RK Black and taken for recycling. They also picked up a large copier/printer that was donated years ago that was no longer functional.

Thank You R. K. Black for the much needed Office equipment.

About R. K. Black

R.K. Black, Inc. is a leading provider of copier, fax, printer, scanner, shredding, phone systems, document management and information technology solutions to small and medium-sized organizations in and around central Oklahoma.

During our more than half-century of service, we have been providing office technology solutions to hundreds of companies and organizations ranging from energy companies, pharmaceuticals, legal firms to schools and churches.

With our more than 100 dedicated associates and skilled technicians, we are committed to providing our clients not with just boxes of technology, but with total business solutions and technology tailored to our clients’ unique needs.

But more, while we are a company large enough to handle our clients’ needs, we are local, family-owned, family-oriented and we care for our clients as family.

ORM merchandise at Land’s End

ORM members can now order apparel with embroidered an ORM logo from Lands End at this website

Once you select the item you want, you will then be able to select the logo and where you want it placed.

We will send out emails when Lands End runs a special. Anything on sale in the regular catalog will be on sale on this site as well.

Last Regular train ride of 2014

The last regular train ride of the 2014 season will be on Saturday August 30, 2014

Trains leave Oakwood depot at 9:15, 11:15, 1:15 and 3:15