RR Museum Unloads Locomotives at Frisco Site

Crews spent Tuesday morning unloading hundreds of pounds worth of antique locomotives

The Museum of the American Railroad is one step closer to completing its move from Fair Park in Dallas to Frisco.

On Tuesday morning, a team began unloading two antique that were transported to the new site by flatcar because they can no longer run on the BNSF rail line.

Clint Tinnell Jr., museum board member, said one of the locomotives, a 200,000-pound steam engine, doesn't run "but she pretty good for 96 years old."

"We have probably the best collection of railroad cars west of the Mississippi," he said.

The locomotive was loaded by crane onto the flatcar in late October, but it had to go through an extensive process to get the proper permits because the whole package was an abnormal height.

"These were the two more problematic pieces to move up here," said Bob LaPrelle, museum president and CEO.

The rest of the museum's collection will now be able to move up the tracks, he said.

LaPrelle said the getting the locomotive off the flatcar was relatively easy, but setting it into a curved track is a little more difficult.

The city and museum say they're optimistic the expanded museum site will be a boost for tourism in the area.

LaPrelle said the museum is planning on hosting some limited open houses by late spring or early summer of this year.

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