History
We preserve railway vehicles from a past time. The advent of the railway helped the development of the society. Towns grew up and the industrial society made its debut. Farmers could deliver their goods to the cities. Skara became an important food city and the slaughterhouse is still one of the largest sites in Skara. The railway was vital when soldiers had to be transported during the first an second world war.

The first railway line to pass through Skara was Lidköping-Skara-Stenstorps Järnväg. It was opened in 1874 and created a vital connection between the harbour in Lidköping and the mainline between Stockholm and Gothenburg i Stenstorp. When in 1887 the Skara-Kinnekulle-Vänerns Järnväg was opened Skara became a railway junction. In 1900 the city of Skara got a direct line to Gothenburg when Västergötland-Göteborgs Järnvägar opened. The last railway line to be opened in Skara was the Skara-Timmersdala Järnväg which was finalized in 1909.

In 1948 the narrow gauge railway lines around Skara were nationalised. Increasing competition from the roadgoing traffic led to the closure of one line after another. The last regular passenger train arrived i august 1970. The freight traffic continued until october 1984 In 1966 the town of Skara decided that a steam engine should be bought and put on public display as a memorial of the time when Skara was an important railway junction. There was however one condition. A society had to be formed to restore and care for the locomotive. This society was formed in late 1966 and on the 25:th of January 1967 the chosen locomotive VGJ 29 (VGJ = Västergötland-Göteborgs Järnvägar) arrived at Skara station for the first time since 1954. The intention was now to restore the locomotive so it could be displayed staticly. A number of dedicated persons set their goals much higher. Their intention was to bring the locomotive back in running order. But it was a tough haul since they had to work outdoors until 1970 and no work could be carried out during winter time. In January 1971 the locomotive was fired up for the first time since 1959 or 1960. While the steam engine VGJ 29 underwent restoration, other vehicles where acquired. It was a number of railway vans mainly used for storing of spare parts. In October 1970 three passenger coaches arrived at Skara, giving the society just enough time to prepare them for the traffic to the cheese fair, which became a yearly event from 1970 to 1999.

On
the 10:th of october 1981 a rail tour on the remaining railway around Skara was arranged. The journey first went south to Nossebro via Vara. Then the train headed north via Vara and Skara to Götene. The line north of Götene was closed to traffic, although it remained more or less intact. Finally the train returned to Skara. A special photorun was made in Skara with a freight train. This kind of event was rare, because the Swedish State Railway (SJ) normally didn't permit it. This was the first time an excursion around Skara took place. However things were about to change. For a long time the biggest concern for the society had been if they would have a railway line of there own, on which they could run traffic during summer. The freight traffic didn't earn a lot of money for SJ. For some reason the traffic had continued, but finally it was decided that the traffic would cease on the 31:th of  october 1984. The society had for some time had their eyes on the line between Skara and Lundsbrunn. This stretch is a part of the Skara-Kinnekulle-Vänerns Järnväg opened in 1887. One major problem was the fact that the yard had been dismantled in the mid 70's. In 1983 we were allowed by SJ to start rebuilding the yard. During spring 1983 the first turnout was positioned and a short track was built. During 1982 the society had started traffic in a small scale, and was consisted of a steam train running between Skara and Götene on a number of  sundays. From 1983 the length of the journey was reduced to Lundsbrunn. During 1984 the rebuilding of the yard i Lundsbrunn was finished thanks to aid coming from the Swedish national labour market board. When the last freight train had finally stopped, the job of dismantling commenced quite instantly. What remains is the railway line from Skara to a point 800 meters north of Lundsbrunn. Today the railway line is owned by the municipalities of Skara and Götene and administrated by the society.

The first few years of the 90's saw the acquisition of four passenger coaches, which had become obselete at Roslagsbanan, and a few vehicles from the Nordmark-Klarälvens Järnvägar. From the early 90's until present time much focus has been on maintaining the infrastructure, mainly the track. The SJ had not carried out major maintenance since the early 60's. Other items such as bridges and signalling systems have had their fair share of attention.