Many things happen at the museum and around it all year long, For a full description of events, please visit our EVENTS PAGE HERE.
lone star biker rally
We participated in the biker rally this year by offering bike parking.Staff would like to thank volunteers Chris Hazelton and Dan Burnett for their assistance in parking over 1500 bikes for this event! [Nov. 2 & 3, 2013]
Board member, Steve Barkley once again put together another a very successful weekend train show for the Museum in October. Clubs from around the Galveston- Houston area brought layouts to display; these ranged from Z- to O-scale. A special thanks to volunteers, Chris Hazelton, Joe Klages, Gwen Rivers and Bruce and Glenda Hehemann for their assistance during this event! [Oct 5-6 2013]
Seasons Greetings! So that staff may spend time with their families, the museum is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas day (for complete list of museum holidays please see our Visitor Information Page).
In memory of...
George Mitchell, an extremely generous benefactor of the museum (one of our F Units was named for him), passed away in July.
Larry George has passed on and his daughters have offered his 18ʼ x 12ʼ HO-scale model railroad to the Museum. It is large enough to replace the HO scale layout in Theater 4 that was destroyed by Hurricane Ike.
Finally, our volunteer Frank Mohler, who restored Engine 555 passed earlier this month.Frank's family and good friend, Lesley Kellet, donated the oak tree in Frank's memory. [Nov 2013]
painting of the rpo
Although the interior of our Illinois Central Railway Post Office Car has been completely restored
(thanks to funding by FEMA), the exterior was still in need of restoration. Painting of the exterior has begun and when it is completed the car will look as it did in 1929. [Nov 2013]
restored sleeper has arrived!
On 21 October, we received the “Donald E. Harper, Jr.” (The former CN “Edwardsville” sleeper car #1117.) This rail car had been in Pete Messinaʼs rail car restoration shop since June of 2011. It is an "E" series sleeper with 4 sections, 8 duplex roomettes, and 4 double bedrooms. It was built by Pullman Standard for Canadian National in 1954. [Oct 2013]
Jordan Cartwright, with the help of BSA Troop 123 of the First Lutheran Church of Galveston TX, finished his Eagle Scout project: the restoration of the Santa Fe caboose #1642. They painted it inside and out, and it looks great! Jordan then had his Eagle Scout ceremony in our Depot. [Oct 2013]
Restoration of the first semaphore is complete, and it was re-installed between tracks 3 & 4 (come check it out!). Work on the second semaphore has begun. [Sept 2013]
Display car restoration Started.
If you have been by the museum lately you maybe have noticed the construction happening in and around our display cars. Restoration of the cars began in August, and wonderful progress has been made. Once the restoration is complete we will be filling the car with new exhibits! [Sept 2013]