Fair Park Railroad Museum to Take Baby Step Tomorrow Toward Moving Up to Frisco

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Speaking of lawsuits involving the city ...

It's been two months since we learned of a likely resolution in the city's case against the Museum of the American Railroad at Fair Park, which the City Attorney's Office sued to remove in January 2010 so it could reclaim the land for State Fair of Texas use. But since the council's yet to vote on the settlement agreement with the old Age of Steam museum, which we were told contains a moving date, we're still not sure exactly when the trains will make the trek up to Frisco, where ground's been broken on a new site.

But: I see that tomorrow, the Landmark Commission's Fair Park Task Force has a single item on its agenda that very much relates to this particular subject. As in: "Museum of the American Railroad - Removal of Railroad Museum collection." Alas, the task force won't discuss dates either. Turns out, though, that the museum can't remove the trains and buildings till Landmark OK's it. Why? Because the museum's in the Fair Park Historic District, and even though the museum's considered "non-contributing" it still needs a pass.

So, first stop task force, followed on October 3 by a pass through the entire commission. Which should be the very definition of a formality ...

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Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

So who is going to pay for the Contaminated soil remediation. ?

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

Is there contaminated soil?  All of the trains were deactivated and preserved. It's not like there would have been a lot of oil, diesel fuel, or lubricants dripping out of them. I can see perhaps paint, since they've been redone a few times, but that hardly seems like a major concern.

Andy Nold
Andy Nold

I don't know. Who's paying your therapy bills? Which begs the question, 1) have they identified contaminated soil and 2) are you in therapy?

alfredo
alfredo

Besides the trains they also want to take two historic buildings.  One is the station used as an office/gift shop and the other is Tower 19 which was moved from it's original location south of Dallas Union Station to Fair Park in the late 1990s

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Way cool dude . Thanks I think.

Move the trains and lots of dirt has to be dealt with.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

We visit the Age of Steam every year when we go to the State Fair . And have been doing that since my son was three . It seems there were more than a few oily places and Paint chips around the Exhibit.Seen just from looking "Not inspecting "

That said ,I hope they find a better home in Frisco than what was provided for them here .The trains deserve better .  It is sad to see the crippled  BIG BOY wasting away. Because in the right place with the proper care it has a  more than a few lifetimes to amaze people with its size and engineering. Even it it can't move.

 

Andy Nold
Andy Nold

Do you assume there is contaminated dirt, or do you know? I'm not saying that there isn't, just as I am not saying you are in therapy. It's just that I've heard no clear declaration one way or the other. There are a lot of rail squirrels who have nothing better to do than sit back and throw mud at the museum, so just trying to make sure that assertions of contamination are legitimate. Mainline tracks were removed and paved over for parking east of Washington. Was remediation done there? Does Union Pacific have any liability as the successor to the original owner of the tracks (Texas Pacific)?

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