Newsletter v16 No 2 2018

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October 2018


Jim Rosengren, new Executive Director, poses by venerable Engine 555 The Galveston Railroad Museum is pleased to welcome James Rosengren as its new Executive Director. Rosengren's undergraduate work in photography, filmmaking at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, his master’s work in Film Production/Theory at Ohio University, Athens, and MBA at Eastern Washington, Cheney, formed the basis for his life-long appreciation for

the role that museums play to ignite imagination and stimulate dialogue across communities. James has held positions as director of museum administration and operations for nonprofit institutions for nearly all of his career in administration. These include the Washington State University Museum of Art in Pullman, the Wolfsonian (museum, Florida International University,

the Appleton Museum of Art, Florida State University, Ocala, and prior to joining the Museum, he was Deputy Director of the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston. His broad range of experiences includes all aspects of museum operations: from financial planning to fundraising to facility management and visitor services. He has led successful donor/membership development efforts and codeveloped hundreds of public education programs. At the University of Houston's contemporary art museum, he led the museum’s five-year long S.T.E.A.M. initiatives developing steering committees of colleges, departments and respected subject experts to explore cross-disciplinary practice. These program initiatives drew thousands of attendees and culminated in an international conference on Neuroscience, Art, Innovation, and Creativity in Cancun, Mexico in July 2016. Jim describes himself as a generalist and a nimble, creative, entrepreneurial problem solver. He understands the interrelatedness of museum functions and has always worked to empower a team-oriented, collaborative environment. He believes strongly in the role that

museums play to ignite dialogue across a wide range of disciplines. "We are pleased to have James join us," said Dr. John Bertini, Chairman of the Board for the Center for Transportation and Commerce which operates the Galveston Railroad Museum. "His background is an excellent complement to that of former Executive Director Morris Gould who has moved into the role of Chief Operating Officer for the Museum's federally recognized short-line railroad (reporting marks - GRRM)." "Mr. Rosengren will direct the Museum's education and outreach efforts and oversee restoration of static rail cars. Mr. Gould will oversee maintenance and repair of the Museum's rolling stock, as well as be intimately involved in planning the annual excursions using the Museum's Funits and chair cars." "This is an exciting opportunity to build on the Museum's thirty year history in the community and region, said Rosengren. Railroads played a pivotal role in the industrial revolution, one of the most transformative periods in human history. It will be a privilege to leverage our past to connect to the innovations of the future."


made her a natural for the job. We are pleased to have her on the staff. Jennifer's father-in-law is Walter A. "Butch" Kelso, who served a stint on the Museum Board of Directors in the 1990s. If interested in holding an event at the Museum, Jennifer may be reached via telephone: 409-765-5700; or by email:

Meet Jennifer Kelso, the Museum's new Marketing Director and Events Coordinator. She replaced Samantha Tan who resigned once her husband, Dr. Jeremy Tan, completed medical school.


Jennifer Kelso with her first pay check. Jennifer was born in Fort Worth and raised in Midlothian, Texas. Both are, or were, intimately tied to railroads. She moved to Galveston in 2001 to take a Moody Gardens internship in Conference Planning. She fell in love with Galveston, transferred from Texas Tech in Lubbock to Texas A&M at Galveston, and graduated in 2005. Before joining the Museum staff, Jennifer worked in the Marketing Department for Del Papa, the local Anhauser-Busch beer distributorship, worked for the Park Board of Galveston as their Public Relations Coordinator, and then took a job with Dole Fresh Fruit as Operations Manager, in Freeport, Texas. She was then was transferred to Wilmington, Delaware for 2 years. When the Marketing & Events position came open, Jennifer applied and was hired. Her background

Morris Gould operating center cab #1983 After nearly 12 years as Executive Director, Morris moved into his new position as Chief Operating Officer for the GRRM. GRRM is the official name of the Museum's short line railroad. Morris was one of the founding members of the Museum. He began volunteering at the Museum in February 1986 and was named to the Board of Directors that same year. He was a member of the board until 2006 when he was asked to become the Executive Director. His expertise and resolve were tested in summer 2008 when the flood waters of Hurricane Ike rose to 8 feet in the rail yard and buildings, devastating the Museum. He and

staff began the unenviable task of rebuilding the Museum repairing the infrastructure, acquiring new rolling stock to replace the rail cars and engines that were too damaged to repair, cleaning artifacts that weren't destroyed, etc. His dedication, hard work and long hours resulted in the Museum reopening to the public in 2012. Morris rejoined the Board of Directors in September 2018 after an exemplary stint as Executive Director. He has, by far, the longest tenure of anyone associated with the Museum. But he is not going anywhere. He will be overseeing the operation, repair, and maintenance of the rolling stock for the Museum. RAILROAD MUSEUM HOSTS "RAILROAD TRACK INSPECTION & SAFETY STANDARDS" CLASS by Jimmy Carter, Board Member The Center for Transportation Research was created in 1970 to foster and facilitate interdisciplinary research, public service, and outreach in the field of transportation at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The center has three goals. The first is to conduct a program of research in transportation that is recognized for

Participants in the training class

its excellence, comprehensiveness, innovation, productivity, and national leadership. The second is to develop and sustain the technical expertise for high quality transportation research by the faculty and students within the various departments and colleges of UT. CTR's third goal is to serve the transportation research, service, and training needs of state and local government, business, and industry in Tennessee, the Southeast region, and the nation. As the former Director of Rail Operations for the Texas City Terminal Railway, I have attended these classes in the past. I suggested to the Board that holding these classes at the Museum would be beneficial for local railroad workers by reducing their travel requirement, and would help establish the Museum as a center of rail activity. An invitation was extended to the University of Tennessee, and for the first time, one of the classes was at the Railroad Museum in Galveston. Dr. David Clarke was the instructing faculty for the track inspection class that was conducted in September in the Museum's Map Room.

Instructional set up for the training class

THE GOOD NEWS DEPARTMENT By Don Harper, Board Member RESTORATION WORK BEGINS ON THE LOUISVILLE & NASHVILLE BAGGAGAE CAR The next rail car in line for restoration is the L&N baggage and express car #1205. The car, a 4-door heavyweight, was constructed about 1914 for use in transporting passengers’ baggage and mail. Currently used for general storage, the car will be equipped with climate control and used for transporting valuable artifacts off the Island in the event of a hurricane. This has long been a priority restoration, but had to be sidelined while the process of rebuilding the Museum was underway. The L&N car, like all the other cars, was submerged by Hurricane Ike's flood waters. This resulted in a lot of rust damage. To begin the restoration, parts of the side sills that were badly rusted were cut off and new metal was welded in place.

A welder pauses to be photographed while working on the L&N baggage car.

Wayne are members of the 139th Chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors.

New metal welded in place on the north side of the L&N baggage car.

New metal welded on the south side of the L&N baggage car.

The sign reads: "Model 1909 Hartford Timed Switch This mechanical timed switch was built by the Hartford Timed Switch Company in New York. Hartford switches were prized for their reliability and durability. A switch of this size could have been used to power electric signs, railroad signals or buildings.

A worker grinding away rust on the L&N baggage car. When all necessary repairs to rusted metal have been completed, old paint and surface rust will be removed and the car will be primed and painted. HARTFORD TIMED SWITCH DONATION A historic mechanical timed switch, Model 1909, manufactured by Hartford Timed Switch Company, NY, was recently donated to the Museum by Marcus Bush. The switch was restored by Wane Denton of Santa Fe., TX, and delivered to the Museum in June. Marcus and

Morris Gould (right) accepts the Hartford Timed Switch from Marcus Bush (left) and Wayne Denham, members of the 139th Chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors Mechanical timed switches turn electricity on and off through a timer. The machine can be programmed so the clockwork moved a copper arm to complete or break a circuit. They were reliable and had to be rewound only once a week. They were popular with railroad companies. The device will be used to power the Museum's railroad signal display in the People's Gallery.

OLD MARINE COMPOUND STEAM ENGINE PLACED ON DISPLAY When the Museum was coming into existence, items were collected, or donated, from far and wide, instead of concentrating only on the immediate Galveston-Houston area for artifacts. One need only to look at the diversity of rail cars, or railroad china, to see how eclectic the collection is. The engine was donated in 1981 by Bucko Thompkins, who also donated the Case steam tractor on display in the Garden of Steam, as well as several other steam engines. Morris Gould recently recovered the engine from the maintenance shop where it had been stored for over 35 years. While in the shop, the engine had been submerged in at least 2 hurricane-caused storm surges.

Engine being loaded on a flatbed trailer. John fabricated a metal stand and mounted the old engine on it. It was returned to the Museum and is on display in the Garden of Steam.

The old steam engine as it was found. Morris had the engine removed from the shed by John Mosley, using a forklift donated by Farmers Copper Works. John placed it on his flatbed trailer and took it to his shop.

Engine on its stand as it is being unloaded in the Garden of Steam. The engine will be wire brushed and painted in its original green and red paint colors. Museum staff will also research the history of the engine so information signs may be attached to it. NEW DISPLAY IN THE FORMER HARVEY HOUSE

Old steam engine being extracted from its resting place

One of Morris Gould's last acts as Museum Executive Director was have a new display created in the former Harvey House restaurant space. Staff obtained a mannequin, dressed it in a passenger train conductor's uniform, and mounted it behind a window facing the People's Gallery. The uniform was originally worn by C.T. Burgess. The donors also provided funds and labor to construct the exhibit. Mr. Burgess worked for the Santa Fe Railroad out of Amarillo, TX. It was reported that in 33 years working for the railroad, he never called in sick.

Also placed in the window are artifacts from Museum's collection that further illustrate the conductors played in passenger trains. Behind mannequin is an image of Santa Fe passenger cars their distinctive red stripes.

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New conductor display in the former Harvey House.

Certificate of Appreciation The Galveston Railroad Museum recently received a certificate of appreciation from the LaMarque Police Department for providing Museum passes for a a citizen's ci police academy class graduation ceremony.

ED James Rosengren, George Gould, and GRRM COO Morris Gould holding the certificate of appreciation.

Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railway Honors Galveston as a Heritage Site BNSF Railway is more the 170 years old and is made up of more than 370 different predecessor railroads. Many of these railroads were established almost simultaneously within the cities where they operated. Many of the familiar names include Frisco, TX, and Santa Fe, NM. In an effort to recognize the growth and development of cities with similar histories across the operating network, BNSF Railway in 2015 established the Community Heritage

Award. Minot, ND, was the first city to be given the award. To date, 14 cities have been recognized with the Community Heritage award. Four cities have been chosen in 2018, Arkansas City, KS Enid, OK, Bonner County, ID, and the latest, Galveston, TX. BNSF has been most generous to the Museum, funding the restoration of several rail cars that ran on some of the predecessor railroads.

Joe Faust, discussing the original 1893 railroad charter. The white gloves he is wearing are a necessity when handling archival documents. A digital copy of the charter was given to the Museum

L to R: Joe Faust, BNSF Public Affairs Director, Sabrina Dean, Better Parks, Galveston, Morris Gould, GRRM COO, John Bertini, Museum Board Chair, Andrew Johnson, BNSF Assoc. VP of Community Affairs.

NEW MEMBERS OF THE MUSEUM Ricardo Aldape Robert Bastien Rachel Borland Renee Cagle Alexandra Clark David & Tasha Dillard, David Falcon, TJ Farnsworth Ashlee Felder

Venkata Raghav Gorugantu, Sarabeth Hasselmeier Kate Havard George and Robbie Jones Mason Kay Lauren Key Helen King Elizabeth Majdi, Jamie & Eugene Mayes

Capt. Elgene Mainous, Ret. USN Theron & Shannen Pfeifer Pamela Sharkey Jennifer Smith Jim Sweeney Paula Sword Leonard & Melissa Voellinger Kenneth Witkowski


The lifeblood of any non-profit organization is the volunteers who give their time and money simply because they love what the organization stands for. There are many great volunteer positions available for YOU at the Galveston Railroad. Check out the types of jobs listed below and see which one (or ones) interest you! Archives Volunteer: Assist Sam Christensen with cataloguing and care of materials located in the Museum’s archives. Create new displays for artifacts. Some prior experience helpful. Times needed: weekdays and weekends. Excellent opportunity for internship. Docent: Assist Eric Bowen to conduct guided tours of the Museum grounds and watch over Museum displays. A oneday training session to familiarize the docent with railroad history and the Museum equipment and grounds is required prior to beginning tours. Times needed: weekdays and weekends. Education Volunteer: Assist in presenting educational material to merit badge classes, and school groups. Should enjoy interacting with children ages 4 through 17. A one-day training session to familiarize the volunteer with railroad history and the Museum grounds and equipment is required. Availability year around is a plus. Grounds Volunteer: Assist the groundskeeper with cutting grass, and planting, watering and weeding flowers, and picking up trash and leaves. On the job training is available if needed. Times needed: flexible to fit your schedule. Publicity Volunteer: Generate publicity notices for local newspapers and provide copy to same. Assist in keeping the Museum’s mailing list for special events and newsletter mailings up to date. Assist in preparing and mailing newsletters. Times needed: flexible to fit your schedule. Model Railroad Volunteer: Assist Stephen Duncan and Stephen Barkley to keep the model railroad display in Theater 4 running by cleaning tracks, engine and railcar wheels, replacing worn out parts, and keeping structures on the layout clean. Also act as a docent and answer questions from visitors while working on the layout. Times needed: flexible to fit your schedule. Rolling Stock Maintenance Volunteer: Assist in restoration, conservation and maintenance of rail cars and engines. Includes painting, woodworking, and upholstering, as well as metal, mechanical, and electrical work. Should have suitable work clothes and work shoes. Safety equipment can be provided. Times needed: weekends and weekdays. Right of Way Volunteer: Assist Scott LaPointe in railway track maintenance and in keeping the Museum yard and right of way clear of weeds and grass. Should enjoy heavy work. Should have suitable work clothes and work boots. Safety equipment can be provided. Times needed: weekends and weekdays. Conductor. Assist Spence Gaskin and Bruce & Glenda Hehemann with passenger control during rides on Saturdays. Must be able to repeatedly climb on and off the engine or caboose. Special Events Volunteer: Assist Jennifer Kelso during events such as the annual train show, Santa Train, Mardi Gras, and other such events. Volunteers need only to enjoy interacting with people.

Board of Directors Steve Barkley Dr. John Bertini, Chairman Jimmy Carter Dr. Stephen Duncan Morris Gould, GRRM director Dr. Don Harper, Secretary Patrick Henry Doug Poole, Vice Chairman Kenneth Zimmern, Treasurer

Advisory Board Joe Adams Tommy Blackburn Tim Cooper Al Dykes Harry Gendel Joseph Maytum Pete Messina Vic Pierson Greg Smith Bobby Theriot Toby Thoresen Sandi Cobb Villeneuve Jon von Briesen Dave Ward George Williamson Dr. John Worsham

Galveston Island Railroad Museum & Terminal 2602 Santa Fe Place Galveston, TX 77550 409-765-5700