Rosenberg Railroad Museum hosts RailFest on April 14

April 11, 2018 GMT

Spring has been busy at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum with lots of new and updated features. Check out the progress and have fun at its annual RailFest on Saturday, April 14.

The fundraising event will be on the Rosenberg Railroad Museum grounds, 1921 Ave. F in Rosenberg, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine. Admission is $8 for everyone 2 years and older. Children younger than 2 are admitted free. Visit http://www.rosenbergrrmuseum.org/railfest/ for more information. Groupons, Living Social, or other coupons or discounts are NOT valid for this event.

The museum is partnering with RailStream as the 21st live streaming rail camera on their system. Now RailStream members can enjoy the same rail activity at the Rosenberg junction that museum members and visitors have enjoyed. The Rosenberg camera feed will be available for viewing in the Gallery building at the museum or by joining RailStream (https://www.railstream.net). The exhibits in the Gallery building have been updated.

The Garden Railroad is a G Gauge (1:29 scale) model railroad depiction of Rosenberg and Richmond in the 1950s with live plants, a water feature representing the Brazos river, replica automobiles, animals and people and various historic buildings. The recent completion of Phase III of the Garden Railroad included the installation of a dozen replica scale buildings and the addition of details such as automobiles from the 1950s. New buildings include those that no longer exist like the Rosenberg passenger and freight depots, the Railroad Express Agency building, Leonard’s Diner and the Magnolia Gas Station, as well as historic buildings still in existence today such as the museum’s own Tower 17, Another Time Soda Fountain, the Ebell House, the Post Office and the Vogelsang Buildings.

Using a grant from the City of Rosenberg’s Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund in 2018, the museum has repaired and painted its main Gallery building including the faux painted windows and doors of the original Rosenberg Union Depot. Renovation work on the MoPac Caboose also has continued in preparation for sandblasting and painting right after RailFest.

RailFest 2018 will feature model trains in action by the Houston “S” Gaugers on their traveling layout, the Houston Area “G” Gaugers on the museum’s garden railroad and on the Museum’s HO and Lionel layouts. A kid-friendly interactive switching exhibit, hosted by the San Jacinto Model Railroad Club, will be available for a hands-on challenge for all ages.

The “Texas Flyer” trackless train will be on hand, as well as bounce houses, crafts and games, face painting and Cowboy Hall of Famer Larry Callies. Local performer Kayla Gulley will provide live music throughout the event. The event will include a museum open house, food vendors, Operation Lifesaver and a collectibles and rare book sale. All proceeds from the event benefit museum operations.

According to Tracy Hobdy, new museum executive director, “RailFest 2018 will be a great opportunity to see all of the progress taking place at the museum. Bring the whole family out for a really fun day-there is something for all ages to see and do!”

To be an event sponsor or volunteer, contact event chair Brenda Cauthen at brenda.cauthen@rosenbergrrmuseum.org. The Rosenberg Railroad Museum is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the preservation and education of railroading in Fort Bend County.