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1907 INTERNATIONAL and GREAT NORTHERN DEPOT
Home to the New Braunfels Railroad Museum
present depot was built for the I-GN Railroad and opened in
1907. The depot was constructed on a concrete slab, with
concrete block (interior)/unique dark gray cement tiles with red
grout (exterior). The local block factory of Moeller, Mordhorst, and Blumberg cast the blocks and tiles. These
materials are unique to the depot, and not used anywhere else on the
Chimneys and decorative dormers were removed by the railroad when they placed a metal roof on the building. City ordinances required a metal roof to minimize fire exposures. Also, the railroad remodeled the building in the 1960's and again in the 1970's to accommodate changing business needs.
Replicas of the chimney and dormer were replaced in October, 2012.
|In October 1986, New Braunfels
Historic Railroad and Modelers Society was granted a long term lease
of the then-closed depot. Thus began the restoration and
museum efforts. The interior was restored with wainscoating
and painted floors; the exterior color was repainted to match paint
applied during one of the remodels; and brick pavers installed along the west
or 'front' of the depot. Air conditioning was added , to aid
in the preservation of the museum artifacts and displays.
We continue to upgrade and restore the area (new sidewalks, access
steps, displays, and an additional track for future rolling stock).
Future plans include acquiring a passenger car, providing a canopy
to further preserve the rolling stock, and complete restoration of
the building exterior to its original configuration and finish.
|During 2007, members undertook a
complete make-over of the display area. This included new
custom made display cases, track lighting, and additional displays
of items which previously had to be stored due to lack of display
Displays include a rare velocipede from the late 1800's; several restored baggage carts, a complete telegraphy system and its history; a history of "standard time" (developed 20 years prior to its adoption by the Federal government); area specific railroad photos; and lanterns, timetables, passes, uniforms, and other "tools" required of the railroad employee to get his job done.