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Pullman Exhibit


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Pullman Exhibit


On February 13th, 2016, the Rosenberg Railroad Museum (RRM) proudly debuted a new exhibit, "The Life and Time of Pullman Porters" to the public.  The exhibit explores the history of Pullman Porters and their place in American history and their impact on the rails. 

This exhibit is made possible thanks to a mini-grant from Humanities Texas and is curated by RRM volunteer exhibit curator, Jessica Morgan, graduate of the University of New Orleans (Cultural Anthropology and History). 

Morgan states "The Pullman porters were key figures in rail travel in the US for over a century.  During that time they influenced the US labor and civil rights movements and set the standard for passenger service.  Yet, for all their influence, most people have never heard of them.  This exhibit aims to bring the Pullman porters and their accomplishments into the spotlight."

The exhibit includes items from the personal collection of Rusty and Sandi Paulus plus items from the Galveston Railroad Museum and the Rosenberg Railroad Museum's collection.  The exhibit will feature Pullman linens, china, silver, and advertisements from the era. 

The exhibit runs from February 13th through the end of April 2016 and is included with regular admission to the Museum. $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children, under 2 are free.   Museum hours are Wednesday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.  To schedule group tours, field trips, to volunteer or for more information please contact us via this link.

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Home School Days


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Home School Days


 RRM Home School Days! 

Throughout the year, homeschooled students and their families are invited for an educational event at RRM Home School Days!  Bring your lunch and picnic on our park-like grounds. *Space is limited to the first 60 participants and their parents. Siblings may attend, subject to available space.

Special events are created especially for our young students ages 5-12, The theme for this year is "Spotlight on the Past", and features the following subjects:

This is a wonderful story about a boy who lived during a very difficult time in American history, a time when many families like Rudy’s were split apart due to poverty and a lack of work. Hoboes developed their own signs, words, rules, and culture, and their life was not for the faint hearted. At the same time though, they took care of their own, as Rudy discovers, and there were those who did their best to help them.

 

Thomas Alva Edison (1847 - 1931)

  •     Telegraph  
  •     Phonograph  
  •     Light Bulb

Which of these did Edison 'invent" and which did he "improve upon"? Learn this and more!

 

* Space is limited for Home School Days. Please check our Calendar for dates and sign up information. Current schedule includes May 4 and November 9, 2016.

  • New events may be added throughout the year.
  • *Time and dates subject to change.
  • Some outside events may be cancelled or rescheduled due to weather.
  • Refunds are not offered, but any credit may be used for future events.
  • Education programs must be reserved in advance.
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Rosenberg Railroad Museum


Celebrating Over 160 Years of
Railroading in Fort Bend County

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Rosenberg Railroad Museum


Celebrating Over 160 Years of
Railroading in Fort Bend County

A Destination

Throughout the year Rosenberg Railroad Museum is truly a destination in itself. Whether you are riding a miniature train at our annual Railfest, enjoying exhibits on display in the museum gallery, or standing on our observation platform watching some of the 60+ trains that travel the rails behind the museum, you'll be glad you came.

We are a perfect destination place for families, school groups, birthday parties, and festivals. With our park-like grounds, model train exhibits, Education Station, historical railroad artifacts and gallery, a little red caboose, and the "Quebec", a beautiful fully restored 1879 business railcar, and much more to enjoy, we are sure you will have a wonderful railroad experience at RRM.

Rail Fans of all ages!

You will love the "up close & personal" view of trains (and waves from the engineers!) as they rumble by. Stand in the grassy grounds or on the observation platform... or from the best spot - sitting on Dad's shoulders.,

Gallery & gift shop

See train memorabilia from times gone by as you see the story unfold about the history of railroading in Fort Bend County.... and take home a railroad souvenir.

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in progress

In association with the Houston Area G-Gaugers Model Train Club, we are building a scale model outdoor railroad. Stop by and see the progress and learn how this miniature world is built. Come watch the Houston Area G-Gaugers run trains the last Sunday of the month from 1 pm to 4 pm (weather permitting). 

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Explore Together


Spacious and inviting grounds allow you to roam freely, enjoying personal, guided tours of the exhibits

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Explore Together


Spacious and inviting grounds allow you to roam freely, enjoying personal, guided tours of the exhibits

All year long there are opportunities at the Museum to educate our young people about the historic railroad heritage of Rosenberg and of Texas. We take pleasure in seeing eyes light up when the kids hear a train and experience the joy in being up close in a safe environment.

For 2016, Rosenberg Railroad Museum will bring the history of railroads to life with new exhibits and programs. Every year we create a special agenda for young railfans! Your family can count on us for rich educational opportunities and super fun events.

Visit our Calendar and click on any date for all the details about upcoming events listed there. Please Contact Us if you have any questions. 

Here are the highlights!

January - Our Annual Membership Meeting

April - 10th Annual RailFest

Summer 2016 - Lots of classes and educational opportunities for kids of all ages: Preschool Wig-Wag Program, Boy & Girl Scout Events, Junior & Senior Model Railroad Camps. 

September - 3nd Annual Fall Family Fun Fest... always a super family event for the day

October - ALL ABOARD!  The fabulous RRM Annual Gala

December - Rosenberg Christmas Nights

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About Us


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About Us


The Story

This beautiful little film, produced about 2006, will give you a brief look at the development of the railroad in our area, and the passion behind the formation of The Rosenberg Railroad Museum.

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a treasure from the past

This old postcard (seen above), picturing the Union Depot in Rosenberg, was mailed around 1907. The handwritten message reads:

"Dear Clara, This is where you want to get off when you come to Texas. You can't make a mistake. It's the only place of its kind.
Ha. Ha.  Effie"

Rosenberg is still the place you want to get off, although the old station is long gone. Our museum building is modeled after the original depot. Rosenberg's Union Depot served the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific railroads from 1883 until 1917.  It sat just north of where our museum building sits now.  Union Depot was replaced by a stucco building on the east side of 3rd Street in 1917. 

Other railroad buildings nearby were the Wells Fargo & Co. Express Building, and the Harvey House Restaurant.

Our History

first there was a dream

In 1992, a group of citizens concerned with the future of historic downtown Rosenberg, formed an exploratory committee to determine the feasibility of establishing museum designed to preserve the railroad history of Fort Bend County.  Rosenberg is the county's largest city named for a railroad official, and was platted by the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railroad. A railroad museum was the natural choice.

Ground breaking of the Museum building in 1998. From left are: Fred Walger, Katie Walger, Linda Wilkinson, Olive Lois Holstine (partially obscured), Travis Reese, Joan Reese, Dottie Forster, Colleen Chamberlain, Dude Callendar, (unknown obscured), Leonard Penkert, (unknown obscured), Bill Butler, Jeff Braun, Bud O'Shields, Jeanie Koval (partially obscured), and Don Wenzel.

Ground breaking of the Museum building in 1998. From left are: Fred Walger, Katie Walger, Linda Wilkinson, Olive Lois Holstine (partially obscured), Travis Reese, Joan Reese, Dottie Forster, Colleen Chamberlain, Dude Callendar, (unknown obscured), Leonard Penkert, (unknown obscured), Bill Butler, Jeff Braun, Bud O'Shields, Jeanie Koval (partially obscured), and Don Wenzel.

In 1993, committee chairman Judge Larry Wagenbach convinced the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railway Company to donate 1.47 acres of land on the west side of 3rd Street and north of Avenue F in downtown Rosenberg to the Rosenberg Railroad Museum. In July of that year, the railroad museum acquired its first artifacts from an auction at the George Ranch - the largest being the 1879 business car "Quebec".

In November, 1993, the museum held its first fundraiser at the former Rosenberg State Bank Building on the corner of Avenue G and 2nd Street in downtown Rosenberg. The Harvey House themed event was attended by actor James Drury, best known as "The Virginian".

In the summer of 1994, the museum prepared a foundation for the rail car and the Quebec arrived at the site in the summer of 1995, ready for restoration to begin.

None of Rosenberg's original railroad structures had survived, except for Tower 17, and that structure was still in service, so there was a need to construct a building that would house the exhibits.  By the end of 1998, construction began on the reproduction of the Rosenberg Santa Fe depot for use as a museum gallery. The museum building was completed in 2002, and on June 6-8 of that year, a Grand Opening was held, attracting thousands of people from across Fort Bend County.

Today, the Rosenberg Railroad Museum continues to grow in fulfillment of its mission to present the railroad heritage of Fort Bend County.  We could not have come this far without the dedication of many members, volunteers, and sponsors throughout the years, and the continued support of our membership and the public at large. THANK YOU!