Panhandle Railroad Museum - Wellington, Kansas
The Panhandle Railroad Museum in Wellington, Kansas is a neat private collection of railroad memorabilia in an even neater old stone building which was a coal gasification plant from 1886-1906. But the coolest part of touring the museum may be meeting former train conductor Perry Wiley who assembled the collection and his wife, Sherry, who is the more outgoing one.
The many displays of railroad collectibles include the types of items I expected and many which never occurred to me, with the primary emphasis being on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF): lanterns, uniforms, bells, whistles, toys, candy, railroad band uniforms & instruments, playing cards, plates, photographs, model trains, books and art. The men's rest room includes a large display of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Calendars.
Group tours are available by appointment.
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