Learn How You Can
VOLUNTEER AT THE MUSEUM
While the museum is under development, we have volunteer opportunities on weekends at the Tomball
Depot Park, and on some weekdays at our railroad equipment storage location.
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Learn How You Can
VISIT THE DEPOT MUSEUM
For information about the Tomball Depot Museum, please click the link below
or email us at info@texasRRmuseum.org for more information.
THE HISTORIC CARS AND LOCOMOTIVES
Click the link below to learn about the museum’s collection.
ABOUT THE TEXAS RAILROADING HERITAGE MUSEUM
The Texas Railroading Heritage Museum at Tomball is being developed as a cooperative effort between Gulf Coast Chapter – National Railway Historical Society, Inc., the City of Tomball and Harris County on land in historic downtown Tomball acquired by the city for the purpose. The Texas Railroading Heritage Museum will be located adjacent to the existing Tomball Depot Museum and the BNSF Railway mainline.
The timetable for the museum’s opening is dependent on our fundraising efforts. You can support development of the museum with your donation. We invite you to visit the Tomball Railroad Depot and Plaza to learn more about our project.
For more information about the railroad equipment to be displayed at the museum, visit the Exhibits page.
Gulf Coast Chapter - National Railway Historical Society
The Gulf Coast Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society meets on the third Tuesday of each month except December at Valley Ranch Grill & BBQ, 22548 State Hwy 249, Houston 77070. The public is invited to attend our membership meetings, which include a brief discussion of current chapter and museum business followed by an informative program on various aspects of railroading or railroad history. Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. The meeting room is open earlier for dining.
Annual Railroad Photography Contest
Start taking pictures now! Entry forms for the 34th Annual Gulf Coast Chapter – NRHS Railroad Photography Contest will be available here soon.
MISSION VISION VALUES
Preserve, enjoy and share with the our community the memory, history and experience of railroading in Texas, as it has been and as it is now.
Build an engaging and memorable educational experience for people of all ages.
Act with integrity, honesty and transparency.
Care responsibly for the historical resources that have been entrusted to us.
Be engaged with – and an asset to – our community.
You can support our efforts in a variety of ways, as a volunteer or with a donation. The Texas Railroading Heritage Museum at Tomball is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization incorporated in the State of Texas, and your donations may be tax-deductible.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When will the museum open?
Museum development is underway, but no opening date has been set. The museum will be developed in phases, with initial opening planned upon completion of Phase 1, which will include track construction, fencing, utilities and movement of the cars and locomotives to the site.
Does the museum have any active public programs?
The museum sponsors various activities and events in conjunction with Gulf Coast Chapter – National Railway Historical Society, Inc. Our volunteers open the historic Tomball Depot to the public on weekends and during special events. In addition, the public is invited to join in various Gulf Coast Chapter – NRHS events, including our annual railroad photography contest, monthly program meetings, and occasional excursions. Recent trips have included a rail and road journey to the Louisiana Railroad Days Festival in DeQuincy and a ride on the Austin Steam Train Association’s Hill Country Flyer excursion train.
Where can we see the museum’s cars and locomotives?
The railroad cars and locomotives are stored in a secure location in Houston and cannot be accessed by the public at present. However, we invite you to visit the Tomball Depot Park, where you can see the depot exhibits and the city’s caboose.
Where is the museum located?
Future physical address:
303 South Elm Street
Tomball, TX 77375
P.O. Box 124
Tomball TX 77377-0124