The Johnnie J. Myers Transportation Research Center Collection

The Johnnie J. Myers Transportation Research Center is excited to announce the release of its new collections website. This release represents a major step forward in extending the museum’s outreach beyond the local community and surrounding towns.

The online collection, although focused on travel in the North Texas corridor from 1908 to 1948, also includes a large selection of books about the Interurban Railway and trains that operated in other states. There is also limited information about the DART rail system and Dallas Power & Light.

Johnnie J. Myers (left) with Plano Conservancy co-founder Russell Kissick // photos courtesy Interurban Railway Museum

Dr. John J. Myers was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University. Dr. Myers has been an active electric railway fan since early childhood and has amassed a large collection of photographs and objects connected with the Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas interurban systems.

A dedicated hobbyist and railroad enthusiast, Dr. Myers has earned a PhD in Urban Transportation and authored a major work on the Texas Electric Railway.

The Archives Team (left to right): Cheryl Smith [Volunteer Librarian], Hunter Herring [Archive Intern] and Debbie Calvin [Archive Manager]
Dr. Myers spearheaded the work to restore the Texas Electric rail car at Plano’s Interurban Railway Museum. The majority of the collection at the Research Center was donated by Dr. Myers. He stated, “I am very well pleased that my 50 years of work will finally be available to all. My book on this reached many, but now all will share in the efforts.”

The collection goes live on April 30 with approximately 300-400 items but will continue to grow each week. The research center hopes that visitors to the website will enjoy a taste of the many photographs, documents, objects and books received over the past 30 years from many generous donors.

Johnnie J. Myers Transportation Research Center Collection >


Interurban Railway Museum
901 E 15th St.
Plano, TX 75074

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