Many things happen at the museum and around it all year long, For a full description of events, please visit our EVENTS PAGE HERE.
Galveston TRain Day 2018
On Saturday, March 10th, 2018 BNSF and the Railroad Museum came together to honor First Responders from Alvin and Texas City on roundtrip train ride from Galveston to Pearland, TX, using the Museum's famous Santa Fe Chief Locomotives. This was also the first train ride made available to the public. Check out the video below created by Advisory Board member, Greg Smith, for highlights of the trip
Santa Train 2017
The Museum held its annual Santa Train event on Saturday, December 16th, 2017. The event was a huge success, with parents and their little ones coming to visit Santa, visit the Museum, and ride the Harborside Express despite the chilly weather. We appreciate our volunteers who came to help out including: Bruce and Glenda Hehemann, Gino Vaiani, and Perry Hatch.
We are currently on SUMMER HOURS:
Everyday, 10 am to 5pm
Hartford Time switch donation
Marcus Bush of Houston, Texas recently donated a Model 1909 Hartford Time Switch to the museum. The switch was restored to function by Wayne Denton of Santa Fe, Texas, and delivered to the museum on Wednesday, June 6. Bush and Denton are members of the 139th Chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. The 139th also restored and donated the museum's Seth Thomas Model 2 clock in the West Ticket Office.
Mechanical time switches turn electricity on and off through a timer. The clockwork inside the switch moves a copper arm to complete or break a circuit at preprogrammed times. Hartford switches were prized for their reliability, and for the fact that they only had to be wound once per week. Given their durability, this model was popular with railroad companies. We will use this switch to power the museum's railroad signal displays in the depot.
C.T. BURGESS CONDUCTOR EXHIBIT
In April, the museum received an excellent example of a Santa Fe conductor's uniform, originally worn by C.T. "Cat Track" Burgess. The donors also provided funds and labor to build an exhibit for the uniform.
Burgess worked for the Santa Fe railroad out of Amarillo, Texas. In his 33 years of work, he never once called in sick. Come see the display next time you visit the museum!
With great sorrow and sadness, the Museum lost one of our dedicated volunteers and close friend, Bob Johnson. Bob was an engineer retired from the SP/UP Railroad and was always on the extra board to help out at the Museum. If you have visited the Museum and road the Harborside Express, chances are Bob was in the cab of our locomotive. The Museum Staff and Board of Directors offers our condolences to the Johnson Family.
L&T services does it again!
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the Museum's track suffered some damages causing the derail of the Fairbanks Morse H2044 Locomotive and the Robert E. Lee passenger car. The Museum was able to rerail the Robert E. Lee but due to the brake rigging on the Fairbanks this was not an option. George Templeton, with L&T Crane Services, contacted the Museum and made arrangements for his crane crew to rerail the locomotive. If you recall, it was L&T who donated the services for the Museum to complete our PC-2 railcar inspections in 2015 and the lift to change out a wheel set on the City of Galveston.
Happy birthday Jim!
Our staff recently celebrated the 80th birthday of our ticket agent, Jim! Happy 80th Jim!
Did you know that you can have a birthday party at the museum too? Visit our Birthday Party page to find out how!
Museum Audio tour
It's been a long while since November 2014 when the Railroad Museum received a $15,000 grant from the Bromberg Foundation to help fund audio tours. MuseumWorks, Inc. out of Dallas, Texas, was contracted to develop the audio tour for the museum. After a recording session in July 2015, edits, product orders, and sign-making, the audio tour is finally in production at the Galveston Railroad Museum.
The audio tour covers 22 stops throughout the museum, covering the history of the museum and various railcars in the railyard. Visitors may rent one of the players at either entrance for a nominal fee of $5.00 for one player or $8.00 for 2 players in addition to museum admission. Members can receive up to 2 audio tours free with membership card present. Due to limited numbers, audio tour players may not be available during high traffic days. The Railroad Museum plans to apply for funding for future orders of additional audio tour players.
Here's a sample of our new audio tour: