By TIM BLACKWELL/Cowcatcher Magazine
TOMBALL, TX — The Tomball City Council approved Monday an agreement with the Gulf Coast Chapter/National Railway Historical Society, Inc. to build the “Texas Railroading Heritage Museum at Tomball”.
The new museum, which will succeed the former Houston Railroad Museum, will be developed on city property adjacent to the existing Tomball Railroad Depot Park and the BNSF Railway mainline in Tomball’s historic downtown area. Gulf Coast NRHS will provide up to $400,000 in seed money for the museum’s development.The museum’s 20-piece collection of artifacts and cars and locomotives has been in storage since moving from its former location as the Houston Railroad Museum in northeast Houston in late 2013. HRM closed in 2011 after losing its long-time lease at Railwood Industrial Park. The land owner needed the site to expand its business.
The agreement is the culmination of a two-year effort to bring Gulf Coast NRHS’s historic railroad equipment collection to Tomball. In 2013, the city and chapter agreed to pursue a deal, which led to Tomball acquiring property adjacent to the depot and tracks.