Galveston Train Day has been cancelled.
The special excursion run of the Texas Chief Express scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled next spring. Ticket purchasers can choose to have tickets refunded or may transfer their ticket to the Spring 2018 run. Thank you for your patience as we work to reopen the Museum!
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.
WE HAVE REOPENED FOLLOWING HURRICANE HARVEY!
We are currently on SUMMER HOURS:
Open Daily, 10am to 5pm
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.