"We are looking for exuberant people!"
On Saturday June 1st, the Rosenberg Railroad Museum will begin training volunteers to serve as docents. “We are looking to increase our volunteer base and continue to grow our education program at the museum" stated Board President Bill Rickert.
“We are looking for exuberant people who are excited about the Railroad Museum and who are interested in the history of the railroad in Fort Bend County. If you have ever taken a tour with a docent that was very enthusiastic about the home or exhibit you were touring then you know how that enthusiasm can be contagious.”
For over a decade, the Rosenberg Railroad Museum has served the community not only by preserving the history of railroading in Fort Bend County but taught it as well, and that’s where the volunteers come into play. Training is scheduled for adult docents on June 1st from 10:00 am till 1:00 pm (box lunch provided from Another Time Soda Fountain).
Following training, docent volunteers will have the skills to give tours of our fully refurbished 1879 private rail car, “The Quebec”, which boasts a private dining area and sitting area along with bedrooms and a kitchen for the wealthy and influential traveler of the time. Tours also include Tower 17, the 17th switch tower built in the state of Texas in 1903. For over 100 years, Tower 17 was the longest operating manned interlocker in the state of Texas. The Museum itself houses artifacts and exhibits that document the history of the railroads in Fort Bend County along with our Caboose and the Education Station.
There is a Junior Docent Program for helping with educational programs during the summer and the regular school year. That training will take place on Sunday, June 2nd from 2:00 till 4:00 pm. Students must be ages 14 to 18 and enthusiastic about working with younger children.
All training will take place at the museum located at 1921 Avenue “F” in Rosenberg. Volunteers are typically scheduled in advance for shifts during museum hours Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 am till 5:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 pm. Those interested in the adult or junior docent program can contact the Interim Executive Director, Lisa Rickert at 832-725-6841 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"This is where you want to get off..."
This old postcard, 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.
Check out our Calendar!
We have lots going on in 2013! Everything from a RailFest to a Stuart Ranch Fish Fry benefiting the museum to our exciting annual GALA. Keep up with the dates and details on our Calendar Page.
Join the Rosenberg Railroad Museum Today!
Join us as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary by becoming a member of the Rosenberg Railroad Museum! Your membership helps us grow our exceptional educational programs for tomorrow's leaders and maintain an outstanding collection of historical railcars, buildings and artifacts from Rosenberg's past! Your membership will open a new and exciting time for you. You'll meet people with a passion for "all things train", make great new friends, and learn so much about the history of our corner of Texas.
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