Today the museum has a vast collection of railroad equipment ranging from ten-wheeler steam locomotives to “covered wagons” and rare Fairbanks-Morse diesels (the museum is also home to numerous historic passenger and freight cars). Along with its equipment the museum hosts train shows and other events. If you are also interested in helping the museum do volunteer work they always need it and I am sure would gladly accept your help! Whatever you are into and enjoy related to railroading you are certain to find it at the Galveston Railroad Museum.
Preserved Locomotives At The Galveston Railroad Museum
Magma Arizona Railroad 0-6-0 Switcher #5 (Built by Alco's Cooke Locomotive & Machine Works in 1922 as Oregon, Pacific & Eastern #555.)
Southern Pacific 4-6-0 #1 (Built by Alco's Cooke Works in 1892 as Texas & New Orleans #314.)
Waco, Beaumont, Trinity & Sabine 2-6-2 #1 (Built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1920.)
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe F7A #315 (Built by Electro-Motive in 1953 as Southern Pacific #6443.)
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe F7A #316 (Built by Electro-Motive in 1953 as Southern Pacific-subsidiary, Texas & New Orleans #365.)
Union Pacific H20-44 #410 (Built by Fairbanks-Morse in 1954 as Akron, Canton & Youngstown R#505).
Not only did the the Moody Foundation help the Galveston Railroad Museum by purchasing the former Santa Fe building and Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway offices, it also helped the museum acquire its collection of rolling stock and locomotives. The museum's collection is far to extensive to list in its entirety here (which includes cabooses, boxcars, flatcars, several passenger cars, maintenance-of-way cars, and much more) although below is listed their collection of steam and diesel locomotives:
|A pair of Southern Pacific/Cotton Belt GP9s led by #3873 have a manifest freight at the eastern edge of Houston's Englewood Yard in May of 1982.|
To learn more about the Galveston Railroad Museum and planning a visit please click here to visit their website. Finally, the Galveston Railroad Museum offers Boy Scouts the chance to gain their Railroad Merit Badge and can earn their Eagle Scout by doing a project at the facility (with the museum's help, of course). The organization also offers a number of events throughout the year such as the Mardi Gras Parade, model/train shows (mentioned before), and season specials (such as during the Fourth of July, Christmas, and Easter). You can also rent their facilities for special occasions such as birthdays and weddings.