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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

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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







Oklahoma Railway Museum kicks off Scout Merit Badge Program with railroad tales, tour and a ride

More than a dozen Boy Scouts and one Girl Scout learned about railroads at the Oklahoma Railway Museum's first Merit Badge Program even in April.The Oklahoma Railway Museum (ORM) recently launched the Gary Githens Railroading Merit Badge Program. And if initial response is an indicator, the program is bound for success.

Thirteen Boy Scouts, one Girl Scout and seven adult leaders arrived at the museum’s depot in Oklahoma City in April to learn about railroading, ride the rails, and spend the night camping. They also got an upclose look at a a few old cabooses.

After the train trip, the Scouts convened for a session on Operation Lifesaver conducted by Drake Rice in the museum’s Rock Island Party Coach, which serves as a classroom. The Scouts then went outside where Kamm told stories of cabooses, illustrating with ORM’s CRI&P No. 17834. The unusual caboose was originally built as a 40-ton Class B-2 boxcar, probably by the Bettendorf Co. of Iowa in 1915, for the CRI & P Railroad, according to the museum. It was modified into a caboose in 1940’s by the Rock Island Railroad. To make the change, the center section was cut out, end platforms were added, and a steel cupola was mounted of the roof. The car has underwent restoration in 2010.After introductions, activities began with a flag-raising ceremony conducted by the Scouts and attended by several museum volunteers. The Scouts and their leaders then boarded the 9:15 a.m. train and rode the Great Northern caboose for a 50-minute journey. For most of the Scouts, this was their first train ride.

Back in the classroom, members Tony Chamblin and Fred Jones began their presentation on the history of railroads and the various types of railcars. Anne Murray-Chilton and Eric Dilbeck prepared the presentation from content found on a public Boy Scout website.

Following an outdoor sack lunch, the Scouts toured the museum and learned firsthand about cab operations, diesel engines and knuckle couplers. Then it was more lectures on engines, braking, trucks, train schedules and signals.

Kamm also discussed model trains and showed examples of the different scales. The Scouts competed in teams of two on the museum’s HO-scale timesaver layout. At the end of the day, the guests operated the AT&SF handcar.

All of the Scouts received a Gary Githens Railroading Merit Badge Program patch and camped at the museum overnight.

“We hope this marks a new chapter in ORM history,” said member Steve Kamm, who helped create the program, which aims to provide education and experiences to help Boy Scouts earn their Railroading Merit Badge.

ORM members started planning the event Troop 6 of the Bartlesville, OK-based Cherokee Area Council contacted them in January.

The idea of a merit badge program was discussed at the next ORM board meeting, where it received enthusiastic support. After Githens died in January, the suggestion was made to name the program in his memory. He was a long-time ORM member, rail photographer, editor of The Dispatcher and also an active Boy Scout leader.

ORM received donations in honor of Githens (at his bequest), and in February the board approved allocating the funds as seed money for the program. Two long-term railroad employees, Chamblin and Jones, volunteered as hosts and program presenters. Together, they have more than 90 years of experience as brakemen and conductors for the Rock Island, Missouri-Kansas-Texas and Union Pacific railroads.

Oklahoma Railway Museum Launches New Website!

Volunteers Anne Chilton, Eric Dilbeck, and Steve Kamm have been working with T&S Online Marketing to update the look and functionality of our website. T&S Online Marketing, based in Edmond, works with non-pro ts to design websites and assist with online marketing. Our current website was designed ve years ago and was due a facelift.

“Design Wizard”, Holly Kosec, from T&S worked her magic to modernize our online presence. ORM’s new website debuted Wednesday June 8th. Steve, Eric and Anne will still have quite a bit of new content and photos to get up as well as updating existing pages over the next few months.

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