Special Events

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September 20th  RRM Fall Fun Fest

Bricks & Pavers

 Our Brick Walk of Honor is a time-honored way to support the Rosenberg Railroad Museum and its programs in the community. Learn how you and your family or business can participate.

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Gardening in Style!

Rosenberg Railroad Museum is making tracks to install a garden railroad on the Museum grounds. Catch a look at the layout plans on our Projects page.

 

Enjoy this video of a Garden Railroad in action...

Railroad News

Check out these Rosenberg railfan videos...


USPS Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Grand Central Terminal With New Stamp
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How Does a Train Work?

Enjoy this informative article. We will be adding great new information in our Education Section so you can learn all about trains!

How Did the Museum Get Its Name?

In 1883, the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railroad bought and platted a 200-acre site and named the community after the railroad’s president, Henry Rosenberg. The museum bears his name. Read more about it. 

For the RailFan

Model Railroading News

We will soon begin a section of our website dedicated to model railroading. We'll share with you tips on starting a new layout, scenery techniques, and all the fun people you'll discover who are passionate about this hobby. Here's one of those people, Dave Frary, a well-known innovative scenery artist. Check out his blog full of photos.

Railfanning in Rosenberg

Do you have a favorite video of trains in and around Rosenberg? Send us the YouTube link!

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    Fall Fun Fest coming in September!

    Save the date - Saturday, September 20th - for this event for the whole family! Fun - Food - Entertainment! Here are all the details! Vendor applications are being accepted until September 12th.

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    "All Aboard!" for the
    RRM Annual Gala

    The Board of Directors of the
    Rosenberg Railroad Museum,
    the 2014 Gala Committee
    and Honorary Chairs,
    The Honorable Evalyn Moore and
    The Honorable Vincent Morales
    invite you to join us for “All Aboard!"
    the 2014 RRM Annual Gala slated for Saturday, October 18th at Safari Texas.

    As always, the Museum, steeped in history memorializing the days when a young Swiss lad named Henry Rosenberg first entered the port of Galveston and became president of a railroad company that laid tracks to Rosenberg Junction and beyond, has stood as a tribute to the rail industry in Fort Bend for over 22 years. We celebrate Mr. Rosenberg's presence and contributions to Fort Bend railroads, preserve and display the history of the eight railroad lines that brought wealth and commerce to Fort Bend... and much, much more.

    This year's Gala will be a "trainload of fun" for all! For the event details, please visit our Gala 2014 Page.

     

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    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." 

    Click here for the latest Press Release or visit our PROJECTS page for updates.

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    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

    ATCS System display of real-time train movement along the tracksThe 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.

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    "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:

    Photo credit to Fort Bend Museum, Richmond, Texas.

    "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.

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    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.

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    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!