RailFest ~ 2nd Saturday in April
Bringing Excitement to Rosenberg!
This year we celebrated 161 years of railroads in Ft. Bend County! Railroads connected people then... and they connect people today. Members of the Rosenberg Railroad Museum have a vision to continue the tradition of bringing to the community truly memorable celebrations of RAILROADING in Rosenberg and Ft. Bend County.
We know you enjoyed them! We saw you dancing!
Click on their photos to visit each of them on their Facebook pages and learn more about them!
RailFest2014 Featured Events
Friday April 11th - Railfest2014 Home School Day!
What a super response we had for this great special event designed especially with the home schooler in mind. With over 150 participants and their parents attending, it was a great teaching experience for Museum docents and staff.
We hope you and your home schoolers enjoyed the day. There is so much to learn and experience! Be assured, we will be creating new programs for home school families in the near future. Sign up for our newsletter to keep informed of availability.
Saturday April 12th - Railfest2014!
Events we brought you at RailFest2014...
Museum Open House & Tours
The Rosenberg Railroad Museum is a perfect reflection of the bond between the railroads and the community they helped create. Rich and colorful, that bond is the common thread that makes up the very fabric of our community. Climb aboard the “Quebec”, our 1879 Business Car, and see our display of a railroad “speeder.”
Model Train Layouts
Learn about “the world’s greatest hobby” model railroads, as you enjoy watching the miniature world of trains. Our Education Station hosted 3 operating layouts in G, HO & S Gauge, as well as the kids’ favorite Thomas the Tank Engine. We also unveiled our plans for a NEW G-SCALE GARDEN RAILROAD at the museum, and other coming attractions.
Hobo Jungle of the 1930's
You went back in time to the 1930's when you visited our Hobo Jungle and experienced period re-enactments of the Depression Era railroad community portray the history of that time, and the men who “rode the rails.” Kids made a Hobo Bindle!
Trackless Train Ride
What? A trackless train?? Everyone loves a ride on a train that can go anywhere! We hope your family enjoyed unlimited rides on this year's mini-train. Last year at RailFest2013, we enjoyed the participation of Union Pacific Railroad and their beautiful UP Replica Mini-Train. They tour the miniature train all around the country at all types of events, and are sometimes booked years in advance. They have offered to bring the train back to Rosenberg for RailFest2015.
You enjoyed a day of fun railfan activities as you watched many of the 60+ trains that travel the rails behind the museum every day. You may have noticed that many of the engineers of trains going by waved and blew their horns at YOU. They could see that people were out there celebrating TRAINS, and know that you really appreciated them. This year we were treated to some rare views of old engines and unique boxcars. Some of our staff took photos of this "rolling history" and we will share them here with you.
One visiting mom won a free Child's Birthday Party at the Museum (a $125 value). Another very lucky visitor won a "one-of-a-kind" Handmade Quilt featuring an original design by Alix Ambler Fair showcasing Railroad Hobo Symbols. All proceeds for these two raffles went to benefit the Rosenberg Railroad Museum.
SPECIAL RAFFLE! This year Railfest 2014 is partnered with Catholic Charities' Mamie George Community Center in Richmond to collect canned goods and non-perishable food items for their Community Pantry. One lucky contributor won an electric train set from the Museum Gift Shop (a $75 value).
All proceeds for this raffle went to benefit Catholic Charities' Mamie George Community Center. Press Release
All this PLUS:
- FREE PARKING in historic downtown Rosenberg
- Delicious FOOD & DRINK from O'Henry's Catering (family-friendly prices!)
Special Event Admission
Adults - $6
Senior Citizens (55+) - $5
Children ages 2-14 - $4
Children under 2 - FREE
RailFest2014 Sponsors & Supporters*
The Board of Directors of the Museum extend their gratitude to some of the fantastic people and businesses who support the Railfest with their donations, time and talents to make this lively celebration possible...
RailFest 2014 Sponsors
|Union Pacific Railroad||Unique Digital||Ray Glass Company||Kevin Patton|
|PGS||Vision Trends||Bob's Taco Station||Ol' Railroad Café|
|Daniel Slavinski||The Loan Store||Another Time Soda Shop||YMCA|
|Joe & Doris Gurecky||Jim Vollmar||Physical Therapy Care||Patty Kuchic|
|O'Henry's Catering||Houston S-Gaugers|
*Interested in Becoming a Sponsor or Supporter for RailFest 2015?
The Museum is a 501(c)3 organization, and as such appreciates the participation and support of its many volunteers and supporters. If you or your company are interested in being involved in the work of the museum, or supporting any of the events we have during the year, please contact us and let us know.
We very much appreciate your interest.