The Shreveport Water Works Museum is partnering with the Red River Valley Railroad Historical Society to offer historic railroad artifacts from the north Louisiana area as exhibits located in one of the auxiliary buildings on site. The railroad museum building was opened in 2013 and has provided a look into the historic use of steam for transportation to complement the big stationary steam pumping engines in the main building. A favorite display in the railroad museum, particularly for the youngsters, is a working HO-scale model railroad.
The Red River Valley Railroad Historical Society, Inc. was founded in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1981 by a dedicated group of railroad enthusiasts. Currently, the society is involved in preserving its rolling stock and curating the displays of many railroad artifacts in its museum at the Shreveport Water Works Museum.
The society has collected a large inventory of railroad material and owns several items of rolling stock including steam locomotive 1140, a diesel switch engine, caboose, coach, baggage car, dining car and motor car.
The rolling stock is presently stored off-site, but plans are being developed to move these items (as well as steam locomotive D&R No. 10, which has historic credentials as a helper in construction of the Panama Canal) to an expanded museum site adjacent to the Shreveport Water Works Museum.
Meetings are held at 7 pm on the third Friday of every month at the Shreveport Water Works Museum and Railroad Museum, 142 N. Common St , Shreveport, LA. Call (318) 797-8008 for information. The railroad society’s dedicated website can be visited at www.rrvrhs.org to find newsletters and additional information.