700 East Douglas - Wichita, Kansas 67202 - 316.263.0944

The mission of the Great Plains Transportation Museum is to preserve and convey the unique history of railroading in the Great Plains through acquisition, restoration, research, exhibition, and education

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND!!

THE MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSING EARLY, AT 2:00 PM. 

 

WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US AT 2:30 PM  FOR A SPECIAL PRESENTATION

AT THE SEDGWICK COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM - 204 S. MAIN STREET.

 

"WORLD WAR II: AMERICA'S GREAT RAILROAD WAR"

 

PRESENTED BY CHRIS GABEL, SENIOR INSTRUCTOR IN THE 

MILITARY HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF THE US ARMY COMMAND

AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE, FORT LEAVENWORTH.

 

THIS PRESENTATION EXAMINES THE VITAL ROLE THAT RAILROADS 

PLAYED IN THE AMERICAN WAR EFFORT, INCLUDING BOTH

THE DOMESTIC RAILROADS ON THE HOME FRONT

AND THE MILITARY RAILWAY SERVICE OVERSEAS.

HELP SAVE OUR HISTORIC PASSENGER LOCOMOTIVE
CLICK THE BANNER BELOW FOR OUR PRESERVATION CAMPAIN SITE TO LEARN HOW!

 


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Hours of Operation

Saturday

Sunday

April - October

9 AM to 4 PM

1 PM to 4 PM

November - March

9 AM to 4 PM

Closed

 

Admission Prices

Ages 3 & Under

FREE

Ages 4 to 12

$4.00 (tax included)

Ages 13 & Over

$7.00 (tax included)

Group tours can be arranged during normal hours or by appointment. No charge to browse the Gift Shop.

TO SEE OUR COMMERCIAL, RIGHT CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW, 

THEN "SAVE AS" ONTO YOUR COMPUTER.

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MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT 360WICHITA.COM

DISPLAYS
EXPLORE LOCOMOTIVES, ROLLING STOCK AND MORE:

SEE WHAT'S HERE

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS - ONLINE
EXPLORE SAMPLES AND DESCRIPTIONS OF RAILROAD DOCUMENTS.
ONLINE EXHIBITS ARE PERIODICALLY UPDATED (PDF FORMAT).

RAILROAD DOCUMENT

- 1896 Santa Fe Railroad correspondance

RAILROAD PASSES

- Various examples and information on these collectable items

TIMETABLES

 

Rock Island:

- the Rock Island's "Mid-Continent Route" through Wichita, 1936 

 

Santa Fe

This is a follow-up to the "Semaphores at Earlton" photo and caption which appeared in the June 2013 issue of the Great Plains Dispatcher.  Here is a pdf file of the front cover, the Third District page, and rear cover of Santa Fe Time Table No. 16 for the Eastern Division, issued Monday, August 16, 1965.

- Santa Fe ETT no. 16

      One can see the Earlton station listed, the length of the siding for Earlton, the scheduled passenger trains which ran on this line, and other miscellaneous pieces of information essential for engineers and conductors to know for both freight and passenger trains.

 

Union Pacific:

- Union Pacific Passenger Timetable - June 1, 1965 

from the J.H. Koehn Collection

 

Misc. from the Wichita Street Guide & Handy Book (1913):

- Excerpt includes Orient railway passenger schedules and street name changes 

- Plus additional schedules from the Santa Fe 

- and the Arkansas Valley Interurban

TRAIN ORDERS  

- From the Wichita Subdivision of the Missouri Pacific Railroad

WAYBILLS

- Circa 1927 from the Arkansas Valley Interurban Railway

FREDONIA, KS.

- Stories of the old Frisco Depot in Fredonia

GIFT SHOP

There is no charge to browse the gift shop. Merchandise includes: clothes, books, artifacts, videos, toys, and other railroad paraphernalia.

THE DISPATCHER

THE NEWSLETTER OF THE WICHITA CHAPTER, NRHS AND THE GREAT PLAINS TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM

MOST RECENT ISSUE (.pdf)

PAST ISSUES

NOW ADDING NEWSLETTERS FROM THE 1960s (MORE TO FOLLOW)

APRIL 1963

JUNE 1964

AUGUST 1964

NOVEMBER 1964

NEWSLETTERS ARE IN .PDF FORMAT. VIEW WITH ACROBAT READER

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CONTACTS

INQUIRIES MAY BE ADDRESSED TO THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESSES:

General information - info@gptm.us

Tax deductible cash donations - treasurer@gptm.us

Donating artifacts - curator@gptm.us

Questions and comments regarding the GPTM website - webmaster@gptm.us