For many years, visitors and residents took the train to Galveston for their vacation or trip home. We asked the curator at the Galveston Island Railroad Museum to share five things not to miss at the museum and here’s her list:
---Come visit our railyard and see our collection of vintage railroad cars and engines. These include our #314 Southern Pacific Steam Engine, our Illinois Central Railway Post Office Car, Donald E. Harper Sleeper car, and others. There are about ten cars that visitors can step inside and explore.
---Our two model train layouts bring excitement and nostalgia to young and old rail fans. Donated by the families of Russell Sullivan and Larry George, respectively, these two layouts are sure to bring light to your eyes.
--- Visit the old waiting room of the Galveston Union Passenger Station, which was used by Galveston's own railroad, the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe. In the waiting room are find "Ghosts of Travelers Past": plaster statues, frozen in time, mimicking the actions of travelers long ago.
---See the beauty and elegance of the largest Railroad China collection west of the Mississippi River. Each piece is a reminder of the golden age of railroading, where first class was supreme.
---On Saturdays, take a ride on our Harborside Express, consisting of a Missouri Pacific Caboose pulled by our GE 80 Tonner Diesel Locomotive (weather permitting). Rides leave every 15 minutes and travel down to 37th Street and back to the museum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $5 per person ages 2 and up, in addition to admission to the museum.
Galveston Island Railroad Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (late March - October) and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (November – early March). Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 and older, and $8 for seniors. Children under 4 are free.
Check into the Riding the Rails pass which includes tickets to The Bryan Museum, The Moody Mansion and The Galveston Island Railroad Museum for $29.95.
The Galveston Island Railroad Museum is located at 25th & Strand. For more information, call 409-765-5700.
Other family favorites located nearby include:
• Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast, 2313 Harborside Drive
• Galveston Children’s Museum at Moody Mansion, 2618 Broadway
• Galveston Harbor Tours, Pier 21
• Baywatch Dolphin Tours, Pier 21
• Sun Time Watersports, Pier 21
• Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, Pier 19
Travel Tip: You can save 20 percent when booking two consecutive nights Sunday through Thursday at The Tremont House or Hotel Galvez & Spa, two of the closest Hotels to the Museum.
Book your room at one of these Galveston hotels for your next vacation on the Texas Gulf Coast.