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Railroad Museum

The Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project is custodian of the Railroad Train Station Museum.  The museum is located at 116 S. 7th Street in Wymore.

 

The town of Wymore came into being when Sam Wymore donated the land for the division point of the Burlington & Missouri River railroad.  The railroad was being built before the town was established and it was referred to initially as ‘the junction.’  Many of the Welsh men worked at this railroad through the years.

The Railroad Train Station Museum is located in the Burlington Mini Park on the main street of Wymore.  It contains a collection of items that were used on the trains that were based at Wymore, and items with connection to the railway and workers here.  Despite efforts to save it, the original depot was burned down in 1984.  The museum is a replica of a depot on a smaller scale.  The railroad has since been removed, so these artifacts are more interesting than ever.  The Wymore turntable is now located at the Stuhr Museum in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Pictures, history books, timetable cards, and many other items can be seen here.  Visit us and visualize what it looked like at the yards and the roundhouse in the early years.  The original depot and roundhouse are long gone, but we are preserving Wymore’s history as a major depot on the southeast Nebraska lines of the CB&Q (Chicago, Burlington and Quincy) and BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) railroads.

Monetary and artifact donations are welcome.  Open hours are during Sam Wymore Days in June, Memorial weekend, and by appointment at other times.  Please call 402-645-3744 to schedule a visit.