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Trains of Tempe

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November 10, 2016 - October 8, 2017

Exhibit Overview

The introduction of rail service to the area resulted in a transformation of Tempe and the Salt River Valley. The ability to move people and goods in vast quantities resulted in community growth, increased prosperity and significant change. Trains of Tempe consisted of information panels with photographs that featured an overview of the train history of Tempe. Special topic panels focused on bridges, special trains, stations and train companies that operated in Tempe. A number of artifacts related to trains were displayed, some from the museum's collection, others from the Arizona Railway Museum in Chandler, as well as private collectors.

Visitors enjoyed interactive areas such as dress-up station and "selfie" photo op, and telegraph stations to send and receive messages in Morse Code.

Video featured in the exhibit

Exhibit Highlights

TOT - Kid Model Train (IMG_9955) (Josh Roffler)
A working train layout inspired by 1950s Tempe

TOT - Bio Case (IMG_9972) (Josh Roffler)
An engineer uniform and various railroad related
tools were on display

TOT - Rail Cart (QW7A7950) (Jay Mark)
A rail cart and crossing sign welcomed visitors into
the exhibit
photo: Jay Mark

TOT - Intro Sign (IMG_9949) (Josh Roffler)
The first section of the exhibit featured
the original Tempe depot sign

TOT - Staff Selfie Station (QW7A7974) (Jay Mark)
Museum staff takes advantage of the selfie station!
photo: Jay Mark

Explore the various railroad stations and bridges that existed in Tempe over the years with the Trains of Tempe GIS Story Map that includes a brief video on the topic.

 GIS Story Map photo - web

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