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
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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.

11/30/2019

Today is shop local. The museum gift shop is open from 9 to 4 today and has a great selection of gifts for both young and old. Stop by and see what we have. Remember members get a 10% discount.

Work continues on our Whitcomb locomotive that is going thru a complete overhaul and paint job. We received the cab and ...
10/26/2019

Work continues on our Whitcomb locomotive that is going thru a complete overhaul and paint job. We received the cab and hood back from the sandblaster yesterday thanks to Buckley Roofing picking it up and delivering it to the museum grounds. Both pieces have been prepped and now have the first coat of primer.
Museum members Austin Almond and David Olson were the work crew on this project and have done a great job.

Great Plains Transportation Museum's cover photo
09/11/2019

Great Plains Transportation Museum's cover photo

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09/10/2019

Great Plains Transportation Museum

09/10/2019
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07/19/2019

Great Plains Transportation Museum

We had a great day last Saturday so we are doing it again this Saturday. Come out and enjoy both museums.

We had a great day last Saturday so we are doing it again this Saturday.  Come out and enjoy both museums.
07/17/2019

We had a great day last Saturday so we are doing it again this Saturday. Come out and enjoy both museums.

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 Commu...
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!

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.

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 .

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.

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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.

Address

700 East Douglas
Wichita, KS
67202

Opening Hours

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

Telephone

(316) 263-0944

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A micro drone video :)
Went down to the museum to cover up the engine because of potential rain tonight, Bob Gatton and I started talking about the signal and we both decided to get it working. Bob took all the lenses out and wet sanded/polished them (To get the faded headlight look off of them). I tried to power it up and it kept blowing internal fuse on the battery charger. There was some frayed wiring and crossed wires in the distribution head. I also replaced missing screws holding the black shields on. So I rewired all of that and hooked it to a railroad flashing relay. Fun times at the museum!
Awesome place! I recommend it for any rail enthusiast, if you are lucky you might see quite a few trains going thru on the main line! Here's the info on the SWC shirts btw. https://teespring.com/save-the-southwest-chief#pid=2&cid=568&sid=front And Friends of the Southwest Chief advocacy group
Hyde neighborhood association would like to thank you for your donation. For our event on August 14th from 5:30 to 8 p.m. It will be held at Hyde Park if you'd like to join
Do you have a senior rate for the train ride today?
Thanks so much to all of those that attended Kansas Railfest 2017. If you had your photo taken at the Kids Depot, you can find your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2017223878499489.1073741835.1614471685441379&type=1&l=1b553b1af8. Don't forget to like our page and tag yourself to be entered to win a $100 VISA Gift Card!
Regarding Kansas Railfest, I saw that tickets were $10 per person and kids 12 and under are free. I also saw that it would be a separate charge for people wanting to ride the steam locomotive (another $10). Would that charge of $10 be for people under 12 years old as well as the adults, or do those under 12 have the ability to ride the steam locomotive for free? (I have a 2 year old, so I'm trying to plan accordingly).
My latest oil painting, 8"x10":
The Ark City Local at South Junction in Wichita, KS. 1971. Jim Watson Photo.
Only 2 days a week?
From your editor. Your May newsletter will be late. I lost most all of my files last night. It will be sometime later this week. This month's program is Frisco night. 7 PM at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1101 N River Blvd, Wichita. Hope to see y'all there.