The City of Garland relocated its historic Santa Fe railcar Thursday morning from a lot behind City Hall to its new home in the Walnut Pedestrian Corridor directly behind the Central Library on the south side of Walnut St. at Sixth St. The 1910 Pullman car will be transferred to display rails next week.
The Walnut Pedestrian Corridor will feature tributes to the positive impact the railroad has had on Garland’s past, present and future. It is strategically located at the gateway of historic Downtown Garland, near the DART Light Rail station, to showcase Garland’s rail heritage. The Santa Fe Depot that houses Garland’s Landmark Museum will also be moved there in late August or early September. The depot was designated as a Texas Historic Landmark in 1974. The Texas Historic Commission approved the City’s request to relocate the structure.
The development of the Walnut Pedestrian Corridor is part of the City’s plan to attract more people to Downtown Garland. Plans include the construction of a new 158-unit apartment development next to City Hall through a partnership with Oaks Properties and a new parking structure to serve the public, residential tenants, and those accessing City Hall.