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Mr. Conductor says ‘So long’

The recent passing of Bill Martz, 92, who was tour guide for over a decade for the Ennis Railroad and Cultural History Museum, has filled many with sadness as well as pride in having known him.
The museum, situated in the building where the original Ennis Depot’s restaurant was once housed, had a special mascot in Martz who, outfitted as a train conductor complete with vest and cap, operated the gift shop and directed public and private tours there between 1998 and about 2012.“I used to just sit behind my counter,” Martz laughed when I met him in 2002, “but I couldn’t help showing people around and talking about trains.The museum, where Martz met and made many friends (locals as well as out of town guests), opened in 1991 and occupies the former Van Noy Restaurant. Built in 1915, it served passengers from as many as 10 trains a day that once stopped at the depot between 1892 and 1932. Read this story and more in your Weekend edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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