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.
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.,
View 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.
In association with the Houston Area G-Gaugers Model Train Club, RRM presents a fantastic scale model outdoor railroad. Stop by and see the progress and learn how this miniature world is built. You can see it any day we are open, and be sure to come watch the Houston Area G-Gaugers run trains the 4th Sunday of every month from 1 pm to 5 pm (weather permitting).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!