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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.

garden railroad now 
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 railroad heritage of Rosenberg and of Texas. and their heritage. 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 2015, 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.

 

Here are the highlights!

January- Our Annual Membership Meeting

April - 3rd Annual RailFest

Summer 2015 - Lots of classes and educational opportunities for kids of all ages: Preschool Wig-Wag Program, Boy & Girl Scout Events, Junior & Senior Model Railroad Camps. 

October - 2nd Annual Fall Family Fun Fest

December - annual Christmas at the Museum events 

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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!