What a beautiful Texas day!
Fall Fun Fest was Great!
On Saturday, Sept. 20, over 1,200 railfans had a wonderfully exciting day at the RRM Fall Fun Fest! enjoying a day of fun activities... live entertainment and music, train-themed crafts, bounce house, exciting model train layouts (including a preview of our new Garden G-scale layout), "old time" games, delicious food and drink at family-friendly prices and guided tours.. and then the stars of the show three fully restored passenger cars pulled by two Santa Fe Warbonnet locomotives. What a day!
The Rosenberg Railroad Museum is so happy to bring this event to the community. Presenting and teaching about the railroad heritage of our city is our passion! It is such a part of our community's history, as well as the history of Texas and our nation, and we just love bringing it to you. We appreciate your support of our efforts, but more than that, we appreciate the time you take to bring the next generation along with you to experience their heritage.
See our Photo Slideshow! We'll be adding photos every day this week, so check back for more!
RRM Garden Railroad is On Track
The Garden Railroad project has been a dream of the Rosenberg Railroad Museum for many years and the Museum is very close to making that dream a reality. The ground breaking ceremony was held on Thursday, July 24th at 9:30am on Museum grounds. Museum members & staff were joined by Rosenberg Mayor Vincent Morales, Shanta Kuhl from the Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance, RRM Board Members Bob Vogelsang, Sollie Davis, Joyce Bartos, Russell Straw and Jim Vollmar, with an appearance by BNSF and Kansas City Southern trains appropriately passing by during the ceremony.
Rosenberg Railroad Museum's Executive Director, Ratha Liladrie, spoke about the excitement about these plans coming to fruition. "When it is complete, the Garden Railroad will be a depiction of Historic Rosenberg and the surrounding areas of Richmond and beyond, complete with a Brazos River water feature, loops, tunnels, bridges, trestles and miniature buildings.
We appreciate the tremendous support from the Houston Area G-Gaugers Model Train Club with their guidance and expertise in design and construction."
Rosenberg Railroad Museum is happy to announce that the Museum has accepted a major donation from the Gulf Coast Chapter - National Railway Historical Society, Inc.
The generous donation, a diesel locomotive, was originally built in 1945 by ALCO-GE for the Santa Fe Railway. As Santa Fe No. 2350, the end-cab switch engine worked in California and the Texas Panhandle before being retired in 1977.
Commenting on the donation, Rosenberg Railroad Museum President Bill Rickert said, "We are excited at the opportunity to have the ATSF 2350 switcher at our museum. We believe this addition to the Rosenberg Railroad Museum will be pivotal in taking us to the next level with our projected growth and expansion. We will work with Union Pacific and BNSF to create a spur at the museum that will eventually allow us to house additional rolling exhibits and schedule excursions from the Museum."
Gulf Coast Chapter NRHS Past President Tom Marsh said, “Rosenberg has a long association with the Santa Fe Railway, having been established at the junction of Santa Fe’s Texas predecessor Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway and the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railroad. Rosenberg was named in honor of GC&SF President Henry Rosenberg. Our organization is happy that this nearly 70-year-old Santa Fe locomotive has found an appropriate home alongside the tracks of the Santa Fe Railway at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum.” The GCC-NRHS website has extensive information on the history of 2350.
Watch for more information to come in the days to follow. We will have information and photos available on our Projects Page of this website.
Interactive Exhibit at the Museum
The Rosenberg Railroad Museum has been chosen as a regional location for an Advanced Train Control System (ATCS). ATCS is a system of railroad equipment (hardware and software), designed to ensure safety by monitoring locations of trains and locomotives, providing analysis and reporting, and automation of track warrants and similar orders.
This system, as used at the museum, allows us to monitor in a graphic format, the real-time movements of trains in the Union Pacific Glidden subdivision (which includes traffic behind the Museum) on a large hi-def monitor. The BNSF Galveston subdivision will be added in early 2014 and a second monitor will be added to the system. You can view signal indications for absolute signals, switch alignment, and whether or not a train is occupying a section of track.
You will see a train as it approaches and passes by the Museum and watch the monitor to see how it switches along the track.
This interactive system is available now in Tower 17 for all Museum visitors.
Future plans for viewing the ATCS include adding the live action to a Museum Members Only section of this website. We will soon have more information available, so please check back with us.
If you have any questions about the system, please contact us.
New sign goes up at the Museum!
We want to send a BIG THANKS out to Mike Davis for sponsoring the new sign. Mike is a real pro when it comes to billboards, and his efforts will benefit the Museum for many years to come. We also want to thank RRM Board Member Bob Vogelsang for coordinating everyone involved in the project. Thanks also to RRM Board Member Sandi Paulus for creating the art for the display.
"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 2014! Everything from Holiday Festivals and new exhibits 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 13th 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.
Check out our membership page. ALL ABOARD!