RailFest 2014 - What a Fantastic Day!
Rosenberg Railroad Museum is very happy to have so many friends and train enthusiasts join us for RailFest2014!
The Brazos River Pickers were back again this year with their own unique brand of great bluegrass music! Rosenberg's own Star Flight was here to rock you!
We planned an great event with trains, music and family fun. Held right here on the Museum grounds, our community enjoyed food, music, hobos, model train layouts, our Museum... and of course, LOTS of trains!
Visit our Picture Gallery and see all the photos of last year's fun at RailFest2013. Very soon we will have all the photos online from RailFest2014.
First there was Railfest Home School Day!
What a super response we had on April 11th for this great special event designed especially with the home schooler in mind. We were so grateful to be able to teach over 150 participants and their parents about the earlier days of railroads. There is so much to learn and experience, and everyone enjoyed the day! Photos will soon be available to give you a peek into those early times.
We will be creating new programs for home school families in the near future. Sign up for our newsletter to keep informed for availability.
Then, Railfest2014 was in full swing!
April 12th was a much-anticipated day... RailFest2014. Visit the Railfest2014 webpage for info on all the family-friendly fun and excitement, and soon a link to a new photo gallery of event photos.
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 RailFest2014 to 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 12th 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!