Wichita Falls Railroad Museum

WFRRM FEBRUARY 2011 Newsletter

The online publication

Hello WFRRM members and friends. Welcome to the WFRRM February 2011 Online Newsletter.

This online publication is our way of keeping in touch with our members & friends and an attempt at getting more of our friends to join the fun at the museum. wfrrm@hotmail.com

PLEASE NOTE: Save the Newsletter address above (URL), of this Newsletter, to your FAVORITES List, and you can go back and view it or show it to someone else at any time. We keep them on the server.

"We're Moving Ahead" We are The New and Improved Wichita Falls Railroad Museum because the current "team" will be working and planning to make many good things happen at the Museum for the 2011 seasons. This Museum has accomplished things recently and has seen some very positive moves that it has never seen before in its history.

CLICK HERE to go to the SPONSORS page on the website and click on the "sponsors signs" to go to their websites.

Welcome to the February Newsletter. We have slowed down for the Winter months as it has certainly been cold. Our momentum will still be going strong behind the scenes as we prepare for the Spring and Summer seasons. We are still open on Saturday Afternoons as long as the temperature is above 40 degrees and precipitation is not falling.

I have elected to place photos and videos on this Newsletter while we are sitting home on these Cold Days. I may do this again till we get going in the spring & summer months. Let me know if you like them.

History from years back in this edition
from the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum

Old Photos Below are photos from some old "Negatives". Yes, all I had were negatives so I scanned them in & worked them over with my photo editor and the result is some old historic photos.

Fortunately, the negatives were very large, about 4 inches by 5 inches. They had many fingerprints and scrapes & scratches till I edited most of them out.

In case you can't tell it, the steam locomotive is the FW&D 314, a sister to our 304. The Doodlebug is #20, and I can't tell anything about the other "big boy" looking steamer.

Delbert says the Zephyr in the photo may be of the 1st time it came to town. The Last photo is of the Henrietta Tx. depot.

The photos and videos are from the Delbert Todd collection.

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In this months Newsletter we have some very historical videos from years back of the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum. I have Digitized and Edited the videos, and copied them from VCR tapes to computer formats.

Due to the economic downturn, all museums are surely running out of money, memberships are low, the cost of living has gone up, and so on & so forth. Therefore, our DVD's will be For Sale and sales will be a "Fund Raiser" for the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum.

Soon I will have the full length, videos on DVD of this rich history ready for all own. The Museum will be selling these two DVD's for $10.00ea or $20.00 for the pair. Yes, since the economy is so bad, we are keeping the dollar amount as low as possible. They will not have the fancy color graphic labels as in the past, and this is to hold down the costs.

If you would like to make a larger donation to the Museum, please feel welcome to do so. The Maintainence repairs, and painting continue to add up. We appreciate your support.

Now, on with the video clips...................

Train Video of the month

Video is shot by "Ralph Watkins" showing his family and the Texas Zephyr in Wichita Falls.

The above is the move of the FW&D 304 Steam Locomotive from the park to the Museum.
Very short version

The attempt to save the railroad tracks, in place.Tracks removed over the weekend.

The start of The Wichita Falls Railroad Museum. Cars being moved in and shuffled

Kiddo's and events at the Museum.Downtown event using the street car and wagons.


If you have any Digital Photos, Digital videos, VCR Tapes, Camcorder Tapes etc, of Historic value and relevant to the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum, and would like to share them with all of us, please let me know. I will make a copy and place them on our newsletters for all to see and/or place them on our website. Thanks !

A Big Thanks to Delbert Todd for shooting and sharing these videos with us. Without him and his camcorder, these videos would not be possible.

CLICK HERE to go to the SPONSORS page on the website and click on the "sponsors signs" to go to their websites.

CLICK HERE to go to the SPONSORS page on the website and click on the "sponsors signs" to go to their websites.

CLICK HERE to go to the SPONSORS page on the website and click on the "sponsors signs" to go to their websites.

2011 Kiddie Train Sponsorship
Here's the rundown on sponsorships:

A SPONSORSHIP gives you (1) a custom "sign" on our Kiddie Train with your logo and name, (2) A clickable sign on the Sponsorship page Linked directly to YOUR WEBSITE for more 24/7 exposure, (3) a sign in each of our newsletters, (4) a sign in our banner ads on the main page of the wfrrm website, and (5) a membership to the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum.

Each Sponsorship is $200.00 per year. Anyone wanting a $1000.00 sponsorship will get one extra sign for a total of six (6) signs per year. A $3000.00 sponsorship will sponsor an entire Kiddie Train Car. You may have as many sponsorships as you want.

Our Kiddie Train will be highly visible giving rides throughout the year at parades, promotional events, downtown celebrations, outdoor shows such as car shows, and Grand Openings downtown. The Kiddy Train will also be giving rides at the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum as well as being on display at the museum for all to see.

Sponsorship money can be mailed to the Museum too at WFRRM, P. O. Box 4242, Wichita Falls Texas 76308. Be sure to label it Sponsorship.

CLICK HERE to go to the SPONSORS page on the website and click on the "sponsors signs" to go to their websites.

There is fun and enjoyment for everyone at the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum. Be a Volunteer!

Restaurants and Cafe's........

If you would like to donate meals to the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum "We're Moving Ahead" program, please contact Joe Tom White at 692-3766 for assistance. The "We're moving ahead" program utilizes Inmates from the Wichita County Sheriff's Office "Work Program", our Board Members, Deputy's, volunteers and museum members for manpower in painting, cleaning, mowing and general labor. These folks work hard and appreciate a good meal. You prepare it, we pick it up and deliver it.

If you make your charitable contribution or donation of meals, you too will get a customized ad in our newsletters with your logo, slogan & etc. You can make a great difference in the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum by helping others to feed the folks who work hard for the museum.

See the ad's below of the contributors who have been proud to sponsor such events. Your ad can show up here too!!! Subs... BBQ... Tacos... Hamburgers... Chicken... Dosen't matter.

CLICK HERE to go to the SPONSORS page on the website and click on the "sponsors signs" to go to their websites.

Kenny has asked that if you see something that needs some attention at the museum, "don't send a message to him", just come on down & pitch in and give us a hand. He says we need more of our members being active participants even if you can't stay long. Don't be shy, We would love to see you there.

Browse our Website: WFRRM.COM

Lots of folks are having fun at the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum.

A message from the President
Wichita Falls Railroad Museum kicks off its 2011 season, March 12. The Museum will be celebrating with special activities beginning at noon and chugging along until 7:00 p.m. Visitors can climb on board an original 1906 Ft.Worth & Denver Steam Locomotive, check out a vintage commuter car or the youngsters can ride the kiddie train.

Bronna McNeely
President - Wichita Falls Railroad Museum

From Newsletter Editor
Sorry for the delay with the February Newsletter. Again, that this month has been a busy one.

Teresa has actively been keeping the museum open as weather allows. Temperatures are starting to warm and the season will kick off soon. Lots of plans in store for this year.

Get five (5) people to join the Museum and get your Membership free.

"We're Moving Ahead"............... See you at the Museum!

E-Mail me at wfrrm(at)hotmail.com

Electronic Information/Newsletter editor

Wichita Falls Railroad Museum
Is Working Hard For You !