CBRR Today . . . Marshall County, Kansas is home to the Central Branch Railroad (CBRR), one of the oldest and longest historical railroad lines in the State. It brought settlers west establishing the towns of Blue Rapids, Frankfort, and Waterville. The CBRR also served as a way station for shipping of cattle and turkeys to customers in the east. Homeless children from the east were transported via orphan trains for adoption by midwest farm families. During World War II, the CBRR was utilized to transfer German prisoners of war to a prisoner camp near Concordia, Kansas.

The future of the Marshall County Railroad Historical Society has never looked brighter. In 2008, an aggressive fund raising campaign was launched for the purpose of restoring the rails. Local funds raised support the continued restoration of the Central Branch Railroad.

The Weaver Hotel in Waterville is now fully restored with the help of 1.7 million dollar federal grant. It's Victorian charm and period ambiance adds to the quaint feel of Waterville and its attractions. The Marshall County Railroad Historical Society plans to provide passenger service between Waterville and Blue Rapids just like the service provided more than 100 years ago.

The Marshall County Railroad Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. Donations are always appreciated and donors can specify the area they would like to support. Memberships and donations can be sent to:

Marshall County Railroad Historical Society
PO Box 242
Waterville, KS 66548