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RAILFEST: Model Train Rally

RAILFEST: Model Train Rally

April 27 - 28

Last Updated: April 19, 2024 by Lee Roane | Trip Planning, Events


It’s model train rally time again at the Galveston Railroad Museum when RailFest returns April 27 – 28! Located at 2608 Santa Fe Place, the non-stop family fun is for all ages. Tickets are now online at galvestonrrmuseum.org.

Rail Road Museum Model Train

In addition to large sized model trains moving along intricate track scenes, train enthusiasts will observe blacksmiths creating artwork from railroad track pieces in the Garden of Steam, and a second chance to view the ‘Trains Over Texas’ exhibit on loan from the Houston Museum of Natural Science. A celebration of Houston’s graffiti artists, the hand painted display was created by local street artists and muralists on an O Gauge scale. In addition, the ever- popular Lego model train display is returning.

What Is Gauge scale? On the real railroads as well as toy trains, Gauge refers to the distance between the outside rails of the track. G-Gauge (also known as Garden Gauge), S-Gauge and O-Gauge range in sizes 0-27, 1:25, 1:48, and 1:64. Visitors will see all sizes in operation at the event. As model train buffs have matured, train sets have grown in scale.

What can you expect at the rally? Collectors and enthusiasts showing off their model train sets that will be weaving in and out of the train depot, continuing onto the Garden of Steam. Larger than you can imagine these spectacular displays come with all the bells and whistles.

The hobby of building and running model train sets continues to evoke sentimental feelings and emotions. A two- day event, RailFest features train clubs and individuals from across the state who show off their spectacular trains for our enjoyment.

In addition to model trains, visitors are encouraged to explore the museum exhibits, enjoy entertainment, interactive activities, Depot Marketplace where vendors include Lego and the Museum store, where visitors can purchase model train sets. Ride a Caboose! Train rides on the Harborside Express will run throughout each day of RailFest and the Whistlestop Cafe will be open throughout the weekend with light food fare and refreshments. While here, consider becoming a member and enjoy benefits year-round.

It’s fun time at the Galveston Railroad Museum! RailFest, April 27 & 28. Admission: Members $15, Non Members: Adults $20, Students 16 yrs & Under $15, 4 & Under Free. Strollers welcome. Harborside Express Train Rides $8 per person. Parking $15 online, $20 at the gate.

For more details and tickets, visit t galvestonrrmuseum.org.


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Lee Roane

Lee Roane has worked on the Galveston.com website since 1994. He is interested in history and birding but will write about anything if he thinks it will help someone enjoy the island.

Lee Roane
2024-04-19T09:53:31-05:00

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