The Great Overland Station Museum will remain closed for the time being while we develop guidelines and protocols to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors, in compliance with State and County guidelines. We will provide updates on this website. Meanwhile we are available at 785-232-5533 if you have questions regarding rentals or other events. If no answer, leave a message.
The Harvey House Luncheon on June 5th has been canceled.
Located between the Kaw River and NOTO Arts District, the former 1927 Union Pacific Railroad Station is now home to the beautiful Great Overland Station, a museum celebrating Topeka’s rich history. Learn about area railroads, including Santa Fe/BNSF, Union Pacific, Rock Island, Missouri Pacific, and MKT. Take in the fascinating history of this site - Oregon Trail, Pappan’s Ferry crossing, birthplace of U.S. Vice President Charles Curtis. Let the kids play in Choo-Choo Junction, view a huge model train display, and operate locomotive simulators – and maybe watch live trains roll by! Walk out onto the BNSF Plaza to view the Corridor of Flags and All Veterans Memorial honoring our nation’s veterans and active military. There’s so much more at the GOS!
A special book for train lovers and others:
From the Rear of the Train:
My Story as Eisenhower’s Porter
to Innovator on the Santa Fe Railway
Need something to do during this “stay-at-home time? Try reading this recently-published book by Topekan Larry Wright, Sr. The book is a delight and teaches us much about the historic Santa Fe Railway as well as the racially turbulent 1960’s.
Holy Rollers: The Chapel Car Story
Chapel cars brought the message of God’s love and faithfulness to thousands of fledgling towns along America’s railways in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. But exactly what were they and how did they come to be?