The Railway Museum of San Angelo will bring in the New Year with a silver anniversary and an announcement of expanding business hours on Thursdays and Fridays. We will proudly celebrate this extraordinary milestone throughout the year with planned activities, information, and special offers. The public was invited to attend the 25th Anniversary Celebration on January 6, 2022 at 2:00 pm.
Thanks to a group of dedicated individuals in 1991, the Santa Fe Depot was protected from demolition and was rehabilitated to store railroad history artifacts for public viewing. The Santa Fe Passenger Depot’s title changed to the Railway Museum of San Angelo and has since then remained committed to preserving the rich railway history of San Angelo. Over the years, many partners have contributed to maintaining the Railway Museum, including the City of San Angelo, Goodfellow Airforce Base, volunteer organizations from Angelo State University, and railroad retirees & devotees. An Award of Merit was presented to the Railway Museum by the Texas Historical Commission for significant contributions to historical preservation, education and community outreach in 2021.
This year the Museum received a grant from the San Angelo Health Foundation to replace the outdated HVAC system that is essential to continue and expand operations. In addition we received a grant from the San Angelo Cultural Affairs Council that will allow us to provide additional programming in 2022. The programming will occur on Saturday of every month and will also include rides on our motorized train along with many other fun activities!
In honor of our 25th year, we are asking for a donation of $25 to be made to the museum (or more if you are so moved!) in 2022! Donors will receive a commemorative pin with our 25th Anniversary logo when they contribute. Contributions can be made online at sanangelorailway.org or mailed to 703 South Chadbourne