Galveston Railroad Museum, April 5th, 2008

Galveston RR Museum Galveston Attractions

A visit to the Galveston Island Railroad Museum . . .

. . . near the cruise boat terminal and 25th & Strand

Galveston's RR line was built to bypass Houston, its chief business rival, and extend across Texas

What's the first thing you see at the Railroad Museum?

A big locomotive engine on a simulated turn station

The Waco, Beaumont, Trinity & Sabine RR Engine #1

A 2-6-2 wheel configuration engine . . .

built by the Baldwin Locomotive Company in 1920

Don't let raggedy hobos board your train train

Hard to see stalled SUVs ahead on the tracks

Oil burning engine provides the power

1911 Case steam tractor (#26174) in the Garden

Another antique engine in the Garden of Steam

Outside the 1929 private business car "Anacapa"

Pass the Union Pacific Engine #410 for a train ride

Pose by the "Robert E. Lee" Lounge/Sleeping Car

Inside the Robert E Lee car

Bathroom required for the NY to New Orleans trips

Bill & Stephen relax in the Pullman car's lounge

Southern Pacific engine 1303 will take us on a ride

Ride in Missouri Pacific Caboose #13895

Leave behind the white Union Tank Car #83699

Exit the railroad station gates

Some ride the SP1303 engine, most in the caboose

Rolling along Harborside Drive

The Carnival cruiseboat Ecstasy departs later today

Pass by the $35 ecstasy salesman

Approach the track switch station, head for track 5

The boys pose by their new favorite train engine

1954 CTC#100 self propelled passenger car

L: CTCR #555;   R: Texas Limited Engine 200

View inside the Texas Limited Engine 200 cab

Air Force engine #1673 was built in 1952

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Way Caboose #1642

ATSF #1642 is a steel, end cupola caboose

Stephen climbs up into its cupola built in 1927

Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Derrick Tender CRIP #95015

Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Steam Derrick CRIP #95014

Was built in 1904 and can lift 60 tons

Missouri Pacific end cupola Caboose #12131

Climb the railing for a view up top

Great view forward and aft of train since 1929

Watch your head when climbing into the cupola

Four seats & eight windows in the cupola

Kansas City Southern gondola was restored in 2007

First of many tank cars, #31589, to be refurbished

Allan & Stephen try out the hand cart

Whoa, slow down, don't hit the tanker!

Center for Transportation & Commerce #555

Candidate car for the next restoring paint job

Inside the rentable private party dining car

Illinois Central Railway Post Office Car #100

Stephen checks out the empty mail bag racks

Small town mail was stored in the pigeon holes

Fuses inside the post office car

Inside the "Glen Fee" sleeping car built in 1926

View from the lower bunk

Common passenger cars have upper & lower berths

Stephen would probably take the upper bunk

Families can open the doors between compartments

Hallway outside the passenger compartments

Another set of compartments down the hall

Best not to fall out of the upper bunk

Walk through the connector to the next car

New York, Chicago & St. Louis Dining Car #125

Better view of the #125's full kitchen

A full kitchen takes up 30ft of the car

Next is the "Anacapa" Business Car

One of three bedrooms inside the car

View from bed of fold up sink and dresser

The "Anacapa" provided luxury transportation . . .

and entertainment for business executives

Blue sitting room inside the Anacapa

Bathroom with sink and shower

View of sink inside blue sitting room

Worn couch within the Anacapa observation parlor

Patios of the two business trains

Vote for me in 2008 for SPAM in every pot

Southern Pacific engine #314 on track 1

A 4-6-0 wheel arrangement built in 1892

Mr. Fireman please won't you listen to me, I got a woman in Tennessee,

And I'm movin' on, yeah, I'll soon be gone, so shovel the coal, lets rattle and roll, I'm movin' on

Climb in the cab & ring the heck out of the train bell

Venture inside the Original 1932 GCSF Station

One will find The Strand when exiting out the front

Central waiting room is now the People's Gallery

Originally the Harvey House restaurant to the left

The area is populated by Ghosts of Travelers Past

Original news stand is now the museum gift shop

5¢ payphone with 25¢ long distance slots

The ticket booth is off to the left

The Moody Foundation purchased the building when the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railroad closed their office here in 1964

View down The Strand from the museum entrance

One Shearn Moody Plaza houses the train station

Snack bar viewed from The Garden of Steam

Inside a baggage car for museum exhibits

the T-rail was invented around 1940

And more inventors worked on the best design

View from the other end of the hallway

100 shares of common stock with a $250 par value

Tools used to lay track in the background

Three-wheel Velocipede hand car (1880's)

4 baggage cars house the permanent exhibits

Missouri Pacific Railroad china and silver

Silver service from the days of luxurious train travel

Railroad china from the famous Union Pacific Domeliner's City of Los Angeles & City of Portland.   Ronald Reagan was the trains' spokesman in the 1950's

Herron O-Scale Railroad Layout in Theater 3

The panorama changes from daytime to night-time

A 2nd, more extensive, railroad layout in theater 4

This layout has mountains & multiple tracks

Storm in the background & accident in foreground

An active train rolls around the city portion

Another active train crosses the bridge . . .

. . . and enters the tunnel within the mountain

Lunch afterwards at Benno's, 12th & Seawall

Fried shimp and oyster combo platter