The Oklahoma Railway Museum will offer 35-minute excursion trains on the first and third Saturdays of the month, starting April 5 and ending Aug. 16. The departure times have changed and are now at 9:15 a.m, 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
Train rides are free for children under age 3, $5 for children 3 to 12 and $12 for riders 13 and older.
In addition to the train ride, railroad equipment is on display, including motor cars, locomotives and passenger cars. A display car contains permanent exhibits of railroad memorabilia and another car contains a model train layout.
For those interested in reliving the golden age of steam locomotives, the museum will bring an operating steam locomotive to the museum on April 18, 19, 25 and 26.
The steam locomotive will leave the historic Oakwood Depot on the museum grounds the same times as the regular excursion trains. All tickets are $18 for ages 3 and older and can be purchased on the website www.oklahomarailwaymuseum.org.
Train enthusiasts will have the opportunity to operate the steam engine. To sign up for the “Hand on the Throttle” to run the engine, visit the museum website for more information. The cost is $125 per half hour for the opportunity to be a steam locomotive engineer. All throttle participants must be at least 18 with a valid driver’s license. Release forms are required.
The Oklahoma Railway Museum is a nonprofit tax-exempt museum at 3400 NE Grand Boulevard. The telephone number is 424-8222. It is a member of the Association of Railway Museums, American Association of Museums and Oklahoma Museums Association.