Wichita Falls Railroad Museum

WFRRM MAY 2011 Newsletter

The online publication

Hello WFRRM members and friends. Welcome to the WFRRM May 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.

Photos below show Railroad Dining Car China which was donated to the museum a few weeks back by Mr. William F. Bussman of Wichita Falls. Looks like he just started our Dishes collection.
The one setting with the logo is from Norfolk & Western. The other set with the flower graphic has not been determined yet, but is similar to Illinois Central. The graphic is slightly different.

Saturday, 14th The Pump-Car and Kiddie Train were big hits again this weekend. Bronna and Bob were operators for this event.

Museum Break-in a few weeks ago left significant damage to the gift shop as seen below. One window was destroyed and another damaged. We mentioned this in the last newsletter but have photos this newsletter.

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

We are looking for more than a few good members, and we need YOU to be one of them.

Like many historic preservation museums, we are in need of funding to continue future operations and growth. Limited funding means we don't always get to maintain our equipment as we would like. Our overhead is not huge. However, just paying the utilities each month often keeps us from painting, replacing wood, and doing necessary repairs of numerous items.

Our current monthly cost for utilities is approximately: Water - $60.00, Phone - $60.00, Electricity - $160.00, and Gas - $20.00. Trying to maintain a family friendly entrance fee of $1 per person, we need 300 visitors a month just to cover these costs. If you like our Museum, like what you see, and like what we bring to the community, please help by becoming a member. Thank You.

We have several levels of membership to fit your budget.

____ Railroad Tycoon - $500+

____ Engineer - $250+

____ Brakeman - $100+

____ Conductor - $50+

____ Passenger - $20+

*All levels of giving include a one-year family membership (providing free entry into the museum, free rides on the kiddie train and pump car, the Railroad Museum Newsletter, and invitations to special events).

Tycoon and Engineer levels also have the opportunity to use the Pullman or Dinning Car at a reduced rate.

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

Train Videos of the month

Many of you that reported on videos seemed to greatly enjoy the
"Speeder" video. So, here is the start of another but it's much closer to home.

This is the second speeder video with the folks leaving Burkburnett.
There is a photo stop across the Red River and they move on into Oklahoma.

In the above ch 3 TV newsclip video, Bronna speaks with
KFDX about the break-in, and it was aired on April 24.
There was another similar video that channel 3 TV aired on April 22nd.


As mentioned in the last Newsletter, the Museum was broken into about a month ago. One of the windows was destroyed and another was damaged. Some small items were taken.

We have tried everything from more Police cruises in the area, to Security Cameras, to larger and enhanced locks and now of course more security lighting. Police say, "Its not you, it's just the location".

The next move is to place security bars over the windows and door in as attractive and fashionable way as possible. We have purchased all the steel for the bars on the windows and door, and will get a welder on this as soon as possible.

If you know of anyone who could financially assist us with replacing the damaged windows, and placing bars on our windows, please let us know or have them contact us at the e-mail address at which you received the link to this Newsletter. They could also e-mail WFRRM (at) HOTMAIL.COM or call 723-2661 and leave a message for Ray. We would be most appreciative. Contributions to WFRRM are tax deductable.

Thank You

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

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 !


Date: Thu, 12 May 2011 14:16:04 -0500
From: Terry.Brisbin@XXXX.gov
Subject: FW: Dumb Question, Please
To: wfrrm@hotmail.com

Just a dumb question, please: Is there still a locomotive on school property in WF? I was in the first grade in WF back in the mid-50s. One Monday we came back to school and a steam locomotive and tender, complete with track, had been placed on our playground! The school was named for a Texas hero (Milam, Crockett, Fannin, etc.). I was just curious if it is still there.


Terry Brisbin


Hello Terry.........

The old steam engine, FW&D #304 is no longer at Cunningham school. It was moved to the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum in about 1972, and is on display for all to see and enter the cab. It can be seen from 8th street as you near the museum. The museum main gate is actually on 9th street.

See it on the web at: www.wfrrm.com

Thank You
Rusty Jameson
WFRRM Electronic Information


Thank you for clearing up my little mystery, Rusty. Its great you have preserved the locomotive and it was not scrapped. We got very dirty playing on that locomotive when it was first placed at our school, because there was no fence around it!

Best regards,

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........

This is a new season for the WFRRM and the work continues on so, if you would like to donate meals to the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum and have your ad in each Newsletter again this year, please contact us at the E-Mail address where you received the link to this Newsletter. 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 bring it to the Museum.

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. We help everybody who helps 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.

Please welcome our NEWEST meal sponsor for the 2011 Season. Call the Jacksboro Highway Pizza Hut and tell them you saw their ad on the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum Website or Newsletter. They will be glad you did!!!! Call and have yours delivered today!!!

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

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

Browse our Website: WFRRM.COM

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

A message from the President
WFRRM is a great place for a family gathering, birthday party, or business meeting. We also would like to be a place for weddings, rehearsal dinners, family reunions, etc. However, we are a little limited by one bathroom. An additional set of bathrooms is one of our new projects. Please, let us know if you have any ideas on this project.

Upcoming events WFRRM will be a part of include:

  • Stroll n Roll (Museum Day) - Saturday, September 10 (10:00 5:00)
  • City Lights - TBA (Sometime in November)
We are open most Saturdays of the year and we would love to see you. Our hours of operation are 12:00 4:00 p.m. We are also open by appointment. If you have, a group or organization that would like to visit the Museum on some day other than Saturday give us a call or shoot us an e-mail. We will be happy to try to arrange a tour on the day of your convenience.

We need volunteers during project days and on Saturdays.
If you would like to volunteer, please, send us an e-mail at:

Bronna McNeely
President - Wichita Falls Railroad Museum

From Newsletter Editor
We still need sombody who is willing to bring their Camcorder and tripod to the Museum during our events and video record parts of the event.

We are attempting to document these events for historical purposes, for the Museum Newsletters and archives. Electronic digital records are a must these days. Your camcorder can be analog (tape) and I will digitize the museum's copy & yours will be untouched.

Camcorder experience, photo journalism & such would be a plus. Shakey videos can't be used, hence, the need for a tripod.

"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
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