Month: September 2020

Thank you to all of our loyal Polar Express™ fans!

September 15, 2020

The museum staff tried many different options and configurations, but unfortunately, this year, we find we cannot safely produce the Polar Express™ Train Ride under the current conditions.

“After our debut year, and the blowout success of the Polar Express in Galveston in 2019, we were really looking forward to Polar Express 2020,” said Jennifer Kelso, Marketing Director for the museum. “We began alternative planning back in April at the beginning of the coronavirus, working with other Polar Express venues around the United States. Every conceivable option was discussed. But the safety of our guests comes first, and in this environment, it was impossible to host a Polar Express Train Ride and keep our members, guests & employees safe.”


We are currently hard at work planning a safe, socially distanced, holiday-themed event at the museum.

“Here at the museum, we love Christmas. Seeing the 1932 Depot and the museum’s railyard decked out in holiday decorations is a sight to behold. Our staff and volunteers truly enjoy getting to spread the holiday cheer,” said David Robertson, Executive Director. “While this year’s event may be smaller in the number of guests allowed in the museum at one time, the event is going to be highly interactive and lots of fun.”

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A Letter from the Executive Director

September 11, 2020

The Railroad Museum Needs You!

September 4, 2020

On Saturday, September 12th, at 10:00 am the Railroad Museum will be conducting docent training. The museum is expanding and hoping to provide guided tours to groups visiting the museum.

Docents are volunteer teachers who provide group learning experiences in the form of museum tours or demonstrations for special groups of visitors. They often get to interact with school children who are visiting the museum, helping the next generation discover how amazing railroads and trains can be.

Shawn Morrison (pictured here), currently leads guided tours through the museum at 1:00 pm every Saturday.

Shawn Morrison

“We’re looking forward to being able to enhance the visitor’s experience. The docent program is designed to help railfans become involved in the museum, and we look forward to working with the new docents,” said Sam Christensen, the museum’s Curator.

The class will involve about 20 minutes of instruction in the museum, and end with in-depth walking tour through the museum. It is not expected to last more than an hour and a half, and should be loads of fun for railfans of all ages.

To reserve a spot, please email sam@galvestonrrmuseum.org.

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