Our Museum Grounds
Rosenberg Railroad Museum is more than a quick stop on the way to somewhere else.
In a quaint building at 1921 Ave. F in Rosenberg, fashioned after the original Rosenberg depot, history is not only being preserved, but made.
For the longest time, the Rosenberg Railroad Museum was one of Rosenberg’s and Fort Bend County’s best-kept secrets.
That’s no longer true. One of six tourist destinations in Fort Bend County, the Rosenberg Railroad Museum has worked for years to showcase its history, artifacts and educational entertainment to the community — and, speaking for the museum, current Program Administrator and past Interim Executive Director, Lisa Rickert, feels that goal has been met.
The Museum Grounds Today...
and a look into the future.
Here's a look at our Museum campus now,
and some of our plans for the future.
1. The Museum Gallery is your first stop. Check in with the Gallery hosts. Your admission includes an interesting docent-guided tour or the Gallery, Tower 17, the Quebec, and much more. You can enjoy that when you arrive, or at any time during your visit.
2. This Greenspace boasts of a dozen shaded picnic tables used by museum visitors for picnics and taking a break while kids play in our park-like space. Bring your own picnic food and drink, spread out a blanket and enjoy! You can also grab some delicious food across the street at the Old Time Soda Fountain and bring it in.
3. You will love the new RRM Garden Railroad! The work on this exhibit is still underway. When completed it will be a representation of the Richmond/Rosenberg area and the trains that pass by here every day. Every 4th Sunday the Houston Area G-Gaugers bring their trains and run them for the afternoon.
4. The Rail Car Building is the home of "The Quebec", a restored railroad business car built in 1879. The interior is beautifully finished and looks like it might have when railroad barons and presidents used it in the late 1800's. We have future plans for restoring the exterior back to it's "showroom" appearance. There is space under the pavilion for our "new" 1945 Santa Fe diesel engine, donated to RRM in 2014 by the Gulf Coast Chapter of the National Railway Society. We need to lay some track to Bring It Home!
5. The Education Station is a multi-use building. It houses several model railroad layouts, a Classroom (which also doubles as a Meeting Room), and a Playroom, a fun place for our young guests to play, and also is our Birthday Party Space. We have the Education Station on track for major renovations in 2015-16.
6. The blue dashed line you see indicated by the #6 will be a major attraction in our near future... a ride-on Mini-Train circling around our entire campus. This feature will be available for Train Birthday Parties, festivals (like our annual RailFest!)
7. The RRM Caboose is fun attraction for everyone. Our caboose was built in December 1972 for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. You may recognize our little red caboose, as it was displayed at The Children's Museum in Houston for 15 years. They donated it to RMM, and in 2007 it found a permanent home overlooking the tracks it may have once traveled. The Caboose is also due for renovation in 2016.
8. Our Observation Platform is the perfect place to watch and photograph some of the 60+ trains that pass by the Museum every day.
9. Planning for the growth of the museum, and extending the vision of what it can be, brings us to the ultimate gift to our railfans and the community. The dashed lines touching #9 represent the possibility of a future rail spur connecting new track behind the museum to the mainline tracks used by Union Pacific, BNSF, and Kansas City Southern. For now, this is our dream... just like the original founding of the Museum itself.