The Martin & Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum became a reality in 2007, as a result of several years’ work done by people both in Brownwood and in the railroad community. Martin & Frances Lehnis had a farm east of Early, Texas for many years, where they raised their son and collected thousands of railroad artifacts. Martin (“Buster”) had worked for the Santa Fe railroad just 2 months shy of 50 years. Upon his retirement, he switched from full-scale railroading to model railroading. Martin & Frances even went so far as to build their own 7 1/2″ gauge railroad on their farm, giving rides to kids over the years.