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Rosenberg Railroad Museum and Ol’ Railroad Cafe!

Address: Ol’ RailRoad Cafe, 819 2nd St, Rosenberg, TX 77471 & Rosenberg Railroad Museum, 2521, 1921 Avenue F, Rosenberg, TX 77471

From Houston mom, Felicia:

I had heard about the train museum in Rosenberg for ages but my older girls are past the age of visiting a train museum. With those party poopers off at summer camp and my husband working a half day this past Friday, we decided to seize the day and make our way to Rosenberg to explore with the little boys.

When we entered the quaint, sweet town we made our way over to the Ol’ Railroad Cafe. The Yelp reviews looked decent but since I was not familiar with the city, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Walking down the street from the car, I almost felt as though I had been transported to the movie Fried Green Tomatoes. From where I parked, I could see that the city has several antique stores, a soda shop, a snow cone stand and cafes that add to the city’s charm.

We walked into Ol’ Railraod Cafe and we were immediately greeted and seated, Seating is limited…there are only about eight four person tables and three ten person tables. There is also a small counter that you can be served at.

I looked over the menu and kid’s menu was pretty basic with grilled cheese, chicken tenders and small burgers. The adult menu was pretty amazing. Grilled tuna was an option as well as a variety of salads, burgers and desserts.

We put our order in quickly. I decided on the grilled tuna on a wheat hoagie and my spouse decided on the Hobo Burger. The boys went with a grilled cheese and chicken tenders. I took the boys out for a walk to window shop as we waited for our food and the community was super friendly. Almost everyone took time to wave and smile to the little ones.

By the time that we had made our way three shops down, my husband let me know that the kid’s meals were out. WHAAAT?!

We headed back in and true to his word, their meals were ready and they smelled delicious. I was impressed.

Ten minutes later, our food was out and I was pleased to see that the quality and presentation was remarkable. I ordered a fruit salad and was expecting a mushy bowl of strawberries, pineapple and blueberries, instead I received two slices of melon, two slices of watermelon and two slices of delicious pineapple. the tuna was grilled to perfection. My husband enjoyed the Hobo Burger and the burger portion, from what I could see, was large. It must of been delicious. He ate the entire thing.

We looked over the dessert menu. I really wanted to order something because the meal had been tasty. We were just too full. As I am sitting here typing this out, I am kicking myself for not ordering some cobbler or a brownie to go. Bluebell ice cream is served here.

We paid and our thoughtful waitress asked if we were going to the Railroad Museum. She gave us walking directions to the museum that was only 300 ft away! We left our stroller in the car and walked over

Museum admission comes with a tour guide. There is a beautiful train garden with real working trains that run every fourth Sunday of the month. The guide will also take you into a caboose, a fully restored passenger train and Tower 17, Rosenberg’s original interlocking. Your child can operate the interlocker by pulling the levers just as tower operators once did and watch the signal change on semaphore outside the window .

The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the workings and history of the former railroad station and trains. We learned how conductors communicated with the towers and how communication evolved over the years. My four year old enjoyed the tour much more than my twenty three month old, but that was okay. I took him outside halfway through the tour and we played on a wooden train structure under the shade as my son and his father finished up.

As a bonus, active train tracks run right by the museum… so we got to watch the trains go by!

After the tour, I was ready to explore a bit more of the city but we had to cut our trip short due to an diaper disaster. We packed up went home but I am ready to go back, I am eager to try some dessert at the Ol’ Railroad cafe!


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  1. Thank you for your kind words about our Rosenberg Railroad Museum and other venues in downtown Rosenberg. We are so glad you and your family had a good time!
    You’ll have to come back on September 22nd for our Fall Fun Fest – the boys will have a blast! (Our theme is May the Steam be With You!)
    And don’t worry about those diaper disasters – we have wipeys and changing stations 🙂 lol

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