DENISON, Tex. - The Red River Railroad Museum holds many artifacts highlighting much of Denison's past. A few months ago we told you the museum seemed like it would be history. In the meantime some activists have been busy working to keep the facility up and running.
What a difference a few months makes. In February, members of the Red River Railroad Museum were brainstorming ways to stay afloat, fearing the museum would hold the same fate as the old Denison High School. Now it seems like their hard work is paying off.
"It's been really exciting, it's an exciting time to be involved with the museum right now because of all the ideas that really, things that are really going to happen," said Tina Ditoma, a museum board member.
One of those things will be happening this week. The museum will expand to three rooms inside the Katy Depot and will be getting its own direct entrance. Extra space isn't the only thing that's grown since that February meeting.
"I think we've had like 15 to 20 volunteers sign up, and we've had a number of people interested in seeing the development of the railroad museum."
Many of those people have donated their money to support the museum. One member says in about 20 days the museum raised around $14,000. Members say all of these developments, like getting life-like diesel and steam train simulators, are encouraging, the still need help.
"I pretty much see the salvation of this railroad museum and its expansion as perhaps, one of Denison's last hopes and something they need to grasp onto and use it for our tourism."
Museum board members constantly look for volunteers and donations to help keep the spirit of the Katy alive.