Great Plains Transportation Museum

Great Plains Transportation Museum Our mission is to preserve & convey the unique history of railroading in the Great Plains thru acquisition, restoration, research, exhibition, & education

The Great Plains Transportation Museum (GPTM) displays a wide assortment of railroad equipment. Our two largest displays are Santa Fe steam locomotive #3768 and Santa Fe FP45 diesel #93. These locomotives are unique in our collection in that they represent the last class of passenger locomotives that were built for the Santa Fe in their respective eras. Indoor exhibits include railroad prints, signs, lanterns, tools, and other artifacts including a mock-up mechanical stoker used for training steam locomotive personnel. We invite you to visit the Great Plains Transportation Museum to learn more about these and many other historical pieces and displays. Also, group tours can be arranged during normal hours or by appointment, and birthday parties are a regular occurrence. We welcome you to call and schedule a tour or your next birthday party here.

04/25/2019
Heart of the Heartlands Train Club

I would like to urge everyone to support Heart of the Heartland’s upcoming train ride to Yoder and back. Please see the link and please pass this on to your other Facebook friends
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10214257296410262&id=1351099008&sfnsn=xwmo

Ride the Yoder Heritage Train from Wichita, KS to Yoder, KS and return.
Saturday, May 4, 2019.
Depart Wichita at 8:30am, arrive Yoder, KS at approx. 11:00am.
Depart Yoder at 2:00pm, arrive Wichita at approx. 4:30pm.
Have a relaxing 3 hours in Yoder for lunch and shopping.
Fare is $45 - CASH or CHECK ONLY (Made out to "Heart of the Heartlands").
Children age 5 and under ride free on adult’s lap.
These historic coaches are NOT handicap accessible.
Tickets available at Hobbytown USA.
Eastgate Plaza, 8113 East Kellogg Ave., Suite 200, Wichita, KS; 316-683-7222.
Monday - Friday, 10 am - 8 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday, Noon to 5 pm.

Final Friday 3/29/2019!  We’re holding our debut exhibition of Santa Fe Railway calendar art tonight, 6:30 - 9:00!
03/30/2019

Final Friday 3/29/2019! We’re holding our debut exhibition of Santa Fe Railway calendar art tonight, 6:30 - 9:00!

Friday, March 29, 2019, the Museum will be participating in the March Final Friday Crawl.  Our debut display will be ass...
03/27/2019

Friday, March 29, 2019, the Museum will be participating in the March Final Friday Crawl. Our debut display will be assorted artwork from the Santa Fe Railway's wall calendars.

The Museum will be open Friday night from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00. Please come by and see our special display!
Invite others to come by too.

02/01/2019

Tomorrow will be a great day to visit the Train Museum in Downtown Wichita. Lots to see and do. The Wichita Train Show and Swap Meet is being held this weekend Saturday, Feb 2 9am to 5 pm and Sunday, Feb 3 11am to 4 pm at the Cessna Activity Center located at 2744 George Washington Blvd.

12/19/2018
Great Plains Transportation Museum

Great Plains Transportation Museum

Now for sale at the Museum's Gift Shop "Trackside at the Mill" by Sam Andrews. It is the History of the Newton Mill from 1981 to 1998. This not just the history of the Mill, its the history of Traffic Pattern and the railroads. Price is $16.95

12/19/2018

Now for sale at the Museum's Gift Shop "Trackside at the Mill" by Sam Andrews. It is the History of the Newton Mill from 1981 to 1998. This not just the history of the Mill, its the history of Traffic Pattern and the railroads. Price is $16.95

The Great Plains Transportation Museum is grateful for your service.
11/11/2018

The Great Plains Transportation Museum is grateful for your service.

11/10/2018
11/02/2018
A large tour group of about 110 people today! We’re pleased to have the WSU Office for Workforce, Professional and Com...
10/13/2018

A large tour group of about 110 people today! We’re pleased to have the WSU Office for Workforce, Professional and Community Education and guests here today as part of their All Aboard! Railroads and More event!

The Great Plains Transportation Museum will be open September 23rd from 12 to 4 pm, and for one admission fee, you can e...
09/23/2018
Open Streets ICT

The Great Plains Transportation Museum will be open September 23rd from 12 to 4 pm, and for one admission fee, you can explore both the museum AND take a TRAIN RIDE in one of three cabooses pulled by our vintage Plymouth locomotive!
Admission is $7 for ages 13 and up, $4 for ages 3 to 12, 2 and younger are free!

Open Streets ICT promotes healthy active living through a free event opening the city’s streets to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation.

Kansas Railfest!
09/22/2018

Kansas Railfest!

09/22/2018

Pax the Balloon Man makes great balloon art!

09/22/2018

Very enjoyable listening to Stumble Home at Kansas Railfest!

Kansas Railfest 2018 is off to a great start!
09/22/2018

Kansas Railfest 2018 is off to a great start!

Mr. Ed Pavey is at Kansas Railfest with an amazing collection of ATSF Railroad caps and uniform badges and ATSF Railroad...
09/22/2018

Mr. Ed Pavey is at Kansas Railfest with an amazing collection of ATSF Railroad caps and uniform badges and ATSF Railroad badges!
He’s a great guy to talk to and learn some interesting history.

09/21/2018

Kansas Railfest 2018 is Saturday September 22nd!
Lots of fun things to see and do for all ages!
The weather should be nice too!

09/20/2018

We’re thrilled that Stumble Home will be playing at Kansas Railfest again this year! We think you’ll enjoy their music.

Here's one of the food vendors you'll have to try at Kansas Railfest 2018, Saturday 22nd!
09/20/2018
Hot-2-Trot Gourmet Hotdogs

Here's one of the food vendors you'll have to try at Kansas Railfest 2018, Saturday 22nd!

Get your hotdog on! Can't wait to meet all of you hotdog lovers! Delicious hotdogs that will fill your hungry bellies without emptying your pockets!

Thanks to HobbyTown, this is one of our awesome prizes that will be at Kansas Railfest Saturday 22nd, 2018!
09/20/2018

Thanks to HobbyTown, this is one of our awesome prizes that will be at Kansas Railfest Saturday 22nd, 2018!

Locomotives, cabooses, and other cars are staged and the gift shop is stocked. Ready for Kansas Railfest 2018. Saturday ...
09/17/2018

Locomotives, cabooses, and other cars are staged and the gift shop is stocked. Ready for Kansas Railfest 2018. Saturday - musicians, food trucks, face painter, balloon artist, Operation Lifesaver, and other attractions arrive, and the blue Plymouth switcher locomotive will pull cabooses for train rides .

At Kansas Railfest this year you will find Fun Faces with Ashley! Look at the photos on her FB page. She has some unique...
09/15/2018
Fun Faces with Ashley

At Kansas Railfest this year you will find Fun Faces with Ashley! Look at the photos on her FB page. She has some unique facepainting ideas that you're sure to love.

No Costumes required, only faces!! We provide temporary decorative face painting for all occasions!!

Saturday work crew getting the frame of the Whitcomb painted.  Cab is in the back ground waiting on our welder then it g...
08/18/2018

Saturday work crew getting the frame of the Whitcomb painted. Cab is in the back ground waiting on our welder then it gets cleaned and painted. Thanks to this group for their hard work today.

07/05/2018
Great Plains Transportation Museum

Great Plains Transportation Museum

Saturday, July 14, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Great Plains Trains & Toy Trains Celebration
Joint Event with The Wichita Toy Train Museum & Club
One $10 ticket will admit one, ages 13+, to both venues that day.
Children 12 and under free when accompanying one paid adult.

07/04/2018
06/28/2018

Saturday, July 14, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Great Plains Trains & Toy Trains Celebration
Joint Event with The Wichita Toy Train Museum & Club
One $10 ticket will admit one, ages 13+, to both venues that day.
Children 12 and under free when accompanying one paid adult.

#kmuw
05/19/2018

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05/11/2018

--Mother's Day Weekend--
In celebration of Mother's Day, this weekend of May 12 and 13th, 2018, mothers can get in free with a paid child admission! Come visit us for an enjoyable and educational experience.

Work progressing on the Whitcomb cab this morning - with David, Steve, Guy, and Austin.
05/05/2018

Work progressing on the Whitcomb cab this morning - with David, Steve, Guy, and Austin.

05/03/2018
Humans of Wichita

Great post by Humans of Wichita on steam locomotive #3768 at the museum!
https://www.facebook.com/officialhumansofwichita/videos/1232429813464924/

Video of the Steam Locomotive sitting over Douglas operating in Los Angeles around the 1940s.

Locomotive 3768 is one of the 4-8-4 or Northern type wheel arrangement, constructed by Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, PA, and delivered to the Santa Fe in May 1938 at a cost of $178,767.17. No. 3768, as were other locomotives of the 3765 class, was initially assigned to passenger train service between La Junta, Colorado and Los Angeles, California. With the onset of the dieselization of Santa Fe's transcontinental passenger trains, the 3765 class engines were transferred to freight service. Locomotive 3768 was taken out of service at Argentine (Kansas City, KS) in August 1953 and stored serviceable.In May 1958 no. 3768 was presented to the City of Wichita and initially displayed at Friends' University. It was moved from this site to Union Station in April 1977, remaining on display until being moved to Santa Fe's North Yards (Wichita) to be turned from facing north to facing south. And while it was at North Yards members of the GPTM removed the jacketing as a preliminary step to a cosmetic restoration of this locomotive. The date of arrival of this locomotive at the museum site was January 1985.

03/30/2018

NOTICE - We will be closed Easter Sunday, April 1st so our volunteers can spend the day with their family. Happy Easter!

Please pass this along to anyone you know that is taking pictures for seniors this spring. The museum as a safe location...
02/10/2018

Please pass this along to anyone you know that is taking pictures for seniors this spring. The museum as a safe location for pictures that include track and rolling stock.

01/14/2018

We had a great day at the Museum today. 22 guest cross out threshold into the world of trains. We had a lot of trains come by today so the kids had a great time waving. It was cold but if you keep moving in the Sunshine you were warm. We will be open again Next Saturday at 9 AM see you there.

The Great Plains Transportation Museum is open on Saturdays 9-4 during the winter months. Stop in and talk with our know...
12/16/2017

The Great Plains Transportation Museum is open on Saturdays 9-4 during the winter months. Stop in and talk with our knowlegeable volunteers about railroading history in Kansas, climb inside our locomotives and other equipment, take some cool photographs, and visit our gift shop. Our gift shop has seen some nice improvements over the last few weeks thanks to volunteers Brenda Ferguson and David Stevenson. And ask about volunteering opportunities while you're there!

11/11/2017

Thank you to all of our Veterans!!
For the month of November, military veterans, active & retired, with military ID, have free admission to the train museum.

11/07/2017

For the month of November, military veterans, active & retired, with military ID, have free admission to the train museum.

10/03/2017

We now have 10 BNSF heritage calendars. We have only 2 UP calendars left. We will be open Saturday at 9am, it does not cost to go into the Gift Shop.

Here are some pictures from last weekend with the #126 steam locomotive at the museum.
09/27/2017

Here are some pictures from last weekend with the #126 steam locomotive at the museum.

Awesome rock art found at Great Plains Transportation Museum! There's a talented artist somewhere that created this gift...
09/24/2017

Awesome rock art found at Great Plains Transportation Museum! There's a talented artist somewhere that created this gift of kindness.
#ictarearocks

Mr. Gramling, the owner of this steam locomotive, blowing out the air compressor, and getting it started.
09/24/2017

Mr. Gramling, the owner of this steam locomotive, blowing out the air compressor, and getting it started.

Here are some photos from yesterday. Today is the last day Sadie will be in Wichita. If you haven't had the to chance to...
09/24/2017

Here are some photos from yesterday. Today is the last day Sadie will be in Wichita. If you haven't had the to chance to ride the train, or you want to ride again, then come to the Great Plains Transportation Museum today!

Switching cabooses around and getting ready to start giving rides!
09/23/2017

Switching cabooses around and getting ready to start giving rides!

Address

700 East Douglas
Wichita, KS
67202

Opening Hours

Saturday 09:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

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(316) 263-0944

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