Special Events

Tower 17 Renovations

Tower 17 will be CLOSED for interior restoration starting on 1/7/15 through 2/5/15. We will re-open this exhibit on 2/6/15 with fan fare at 9am. Mark your calendars and plan to join us as we honor all the folks that have helped save and preserve Tower 17 for future generations.

Birthday Time?

Looking for a super cool place to have a party for your 2-8 year old? Have it at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum! We have a party room that's perfect for your little engineer with party attendants that take the burden off of you. With 3 packages to choose from, we have one to fit your budget and included with every package, is an embroidered engineer cap for the birthday child! Check out all the details on our Party Page!

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    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.

    Our History

    First, there was the dream.  In 1992, a group of citizens concerned with the future of historic downtown Rosenberg, formed an exploratory committee to determine the feasibility of establishing a 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.

    Ground breaking of the Museum building in 1998. From left are: Fred Walger, Katie Walger, Linda Wilkinson, Olive Lois Holstine (partially obscured), Travis Reese, Joan Reese, Dottie Forster, Colleen Chamberlain, Dude Callendar, (unknown obscured), Leonard Penkert, (unknown obscured), Bill Butler, Jeff Braun, Bud O'Shields, Jeanie Koval (partially obscured), and Don Wenzel.
    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!