Oklahoma Railway Museum sees record visitor numbers in 2017

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — It’s been a good year, so far, for the Oklahoma Railway Museum. The summer months saw a record number of visitors riding the train and exploring the museum grounds.

As of August, the museum has hosted more than 4,200 visitors, a significant increase over the approximately 3,000 visitors recorded by the same date in 2016.
Museum president Eric Dilbeck attributed the favorable numbers to better advertising, social media campaigns, and running several Groupon campaigns.

“The Oklahoma Railway Museum has seen an increase attendance for our summer trains rides,” Dilbeck says in a member newsletter. “Over the last year we have increased our marketing efforts to increase viability of our museum as part of our strategic planning.”

The museum’s August newsletter stated that the museum also saw additional volunteers over the summer who have have helped with the day-to-day work of running the trains and maintaining the museum. Their efforts have also given the Museum the ability to carry out several restoration projects: In the spring, museum workers finished a one-of-a kind Katy business car, and in late summer took delivery of an intact railway post office car.

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