Many things happen at the museum and around it all year long, For a full description of events, please visit our EVENTS PAGE HERE.
Santa Train 2016
The Museum held its annual Santa Train event on Saturday, December 10, 2016. The event was again a 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, Perry Hatch, and Spence Gaskin.
On Sunday, October 2, 2016 BNSF and the Railroad Museum came together to honor Galveston First Responders on roundtrip train ride from Galveston to Brenham, TX, using the Museum's famous Santa Fe Chief Locomotives. This was also the first train ride made available to the public. Chairman of the Board, Dr. John Bertini, hired Justin Minchew and his crew to create a drone video of the trip. The video turned out fantastic. You can view it below:
Another look at our train ride from Galveston to Brenham. Video made by Advisory Board member, Greg Smith.
Due to the cold temperatures, train rides on the Harborside Express are cancelled for January 13th.
We are currently on WINTER HOURS:
Monday - Friday, 9am to 4pm
Saturday - Sunday, 10 am to 5pm
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!
New wheel set
Our dining car "City of Galveston" will be needing a new tires soon. We checked with AAA, Discount Tire with no joy, but advisory board member Pete Messina came through and donated a new 3,500 pound wheel set that was delivered last Thursday . Many thanks to Pete and George Templeton with L&T crane for unloading the wheel set. Now all we need is a 64,000 pound jack!!
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:
PC-2A railcar inspections
George Templeton, with L&T Services, provided the muscle for the Museum to perform the FRA PC-2A railcar inspection. Many thanks to the L&T crew for all the hard work and capturing these moments.