Newsletter v17 No 1 2019

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VOLUME 17, ISSUE 1

December 2019

THE POLAR EXPRESS COMES TO GALVESTON By Don Harper Board Member and Newsletter Editor

The Polar Express has been traveling from Galveston to the North Pole and back several times each weekend, since the beginning of November and continued until the end of December, to the delight of kids of all ages. After months of negotiations, meetings, and reams of filled-out paperwork the Polar Express arrived, and will do so again in the same time period for years to come. Negotiations begun by former Executive director, Morris Gould, was carried to fruition by new executive director, Jim Rosengren. The Museum staff had 100 days to pull everything together for the event. Because much of the event involves showmanship, a theatrical team was recruited, thanks to Jim’s contacts with the Alley Theater in Houston. Also recruited were many part-time, temporary workers to direct vehicle traffic, foot

traffic, and perform a myriad of tasks that the small Museum staff could not do, and still complete their day jobs. Matthew Dowd and Dave Schrank from Rail Events met with staff on 11 April to discuss the Polar Express event planned by the Museum. They were impressed with the facility, the equipment, and the advanced planning that had already been done. They recommended not running every day during the first season, suggesting instead, 3 rides a day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That way, most of the things that were not thought of, or could go wrong, were taken care of. Jim, and 3 members of the theatrical team, attended a week-long Polar Express Enhancement Camp in Durango, CO, from 13 to 16 May 2019. The focus was on brand management and enhancing and personalizing theatrical production. Al Harper, owner of the franchise, estimated 60,000 visitors would ride the Polar Express in Galveston. This would provide a significant boost in income, some of which can be used for restoration of rail cars in the Museum’s yard. After the Board of Directors reviewed the document, Jim signed it and returned it to Rail Events. New ticket scanners, credit card readers and point-ofsale laptops were purchased, and new wiring to support these devices was installed. These machines were tested, using Harborside Express train ride ticketing, to work out the glitches and familiarize the staff with the equipment. Knowing Museum staff would be overwhelmed if they tried to sell tickets, the Museum contracted with Etix to handle ticket sales. Tickets were completely sold out in one day. Etix had 50 operators to take ticket orders and they experienced backups of several hours, the call volume was so heavy Rail Events said it was the most successful inaugural event sale in their 19-year history. Trey Taylor and the Museum staff did a marvelous job of decorating the Museum and the rail cars. The entire Museum had a very festive appearance.


Decorated tables in one of the chair cars. Several decorated Christmas trees were placed around the Museum.

Engine 316 approaching the Christmas tree by Santa’s workshop at the North Pole. Baggage carts were recrafted as Christmas-themed displays.

In the Garden of Steam

A corner of the People’s Gallery.

By the depot


Decorations were placed on almost everything that doesn’t move.

Lighting in one of the high-level passenger cars. WBT&S Engine 1 by day The experience is especially impressive at night. The Garden of Steam glows with soft light. The cars are lit in Christmas colors.

Engine 1 transformed by night.

The ethereal Garden of Steam at night.

Each Polar Express experience begins in the People’s Gallery. A stage is set up depicting a child’s bedroom. Children in the audience are encouraged to sit on a rug in front of the stage, and are often joined by one or two parents. A girl comes into her room and sits down on her bed.

Soon after her father comes in and they have a discussion about Christmas and then they read the Polar Express book together.

Families gathered to see the Polar Express reading.


At the end of the reading a great burst of steam comes through the door to the People’s Gallery and in walks the conductor.

Engine 316 after pulling the Polar Express back to Galveston from the North Pole. Note the snowflakes on the concourse. The conductor gets up on the stage and exhorts all the children to ride on the Polar Express and then escorts the patrons outside into their preassigned coaches.

The Polar Express ride begins on Track 3, which is extensively decorated, and requires about 45 minutes to complete. Engine 315 pulls the consist slowly to the high stand switch where the Museum tracks join the UP Wharves transfer track, stops for a time, while actors go through their routine. The train, pulled by Engine 316, pulls into the Museum on Track 5, where Santa boards at the North Pole. As the train goes back to the high stand switch, Santa visits all the children in the coaches. The train makes another run onto Track 5 to let Santa off at the North Pole, goes back to the high stand switch, and then terminates the run on Track 3, back in Galveston. I rode the train on 15 November, and can attest that it was a great experience. On my high-level ex-Amtrak coach, Conductor Brittany punched tickets as riders came up the stairs to the seating area.

The Polar Express power is provided by Engine 315 outbound and 316 inbound.

Ticket Taker Brittany

Engine 315 awaiting departure to the North Pole.

Brittany and Conductor Luke entertained the riders, asking questions, taking the lead singing Christmas carols, seeing which group of riders could yell the loudest, and served hot chocolate. Everyone received, in addition to


their boarding ticket, a large golden ticket. The chief conductor came through the coach and punched the golden ticket multiple times.

After Santa got on the train at the North Pole, he went through the coach and talked to each child. Some were absolutely awestruck and couldn’t find their tongues when he asked them a question. Others were very animated.

After guests exited the train, they were directed past the Garden of Steam and into the gift shop. I went in the gift shop twice and both times there were people milling around, examining various items, and making purchases.

The following day, a semi-truck arrived with several boxes containing Polar Express gift items to replenish the stock in the shop. It took a very large number of people to make this event happen, starting with the Museum staff: Jim Rosengran, ED, Sam Christiansen, archivist, Jennifer Kelso, marketing director, Lanette Pacheco, gift shop manager, Ramon Coles and Kelly Carroll custodians, the actors and support staff, and the train crew and the guys who made sure the engines operated properly and the cars were wired, plumbed and ran smoothly

Part of the Polar Express story is about a bell that only those who truly BELIEVE can hear. Santa gave everyone in the coach a small bell. Everyone could hear their bell, so you know what that means.

L to R: Jeff Gilanyi car maintenance, Morris Gould, COO of the GRRM and maintenance supervisor. Melvin McNeil, 315 engineer,Texas City Terminal Railway, Sean McGuire, Texas City Terminal Railway, Jimmy Carter, board member, retired from the Texas City Terminal Ry, and Gilbert Gardiner, retired SP/UP 316 engineer.


Galveston policemen also assisted by providing security in the Museum, especially at night, and providing traffic control at grade crossings. Galveston Sheriffs’ Department personnel provide security for guests inside the Museum.

Board member Jimmy Carter manned the switch at 29th Street to direct the train from Track 3 to Track 5 and back to Track 3 again, and provided grade crossing security.

Jimmy Carter about to throw the switch at 29th Street. Police vehicle guarding the 28th Street grade crossing.

Whether you are a long-time member of the Museum, or have joined recently, I cannot overemphasize how important this event will be to the Museum. Long-deferred maintenance of rail cars can be undertaken. More staff can be added to assist with accounting, grant writing, and curation. Renovation of buildings can be undertaken. All these can be addressed with the increased funding. To encourage Museum membership, members at the $100 level or higher had first access to tickets to ride the Polar Express, and are eligible for NARM (North American Reciprocal Museums membership. If you wished to ride the Polar Express this season, but were unable to obtain tickets, perhaps now is the time to be proactive. Upgrade your membership to the $100 level, or above, and have first dibs on tickets for next year’s events. This year an estimated 5,000 tickets were sold to the Museum members. A membership renewal form is included with this newsletter. Memberships at the $250 level and above receive free parking at the Museum.

At the 33rd Street crossing THEATER BUILDING TO UNDERGO MAJOR RENOVATION The theater building is a historical structure - it was It is never a good thing to walk into a building and find once the Railway Express building for Galveston. Tearing little mounds of sawdust on the floor. But, that is exactly it down and replacing it would be a travesty that is too what happened following the train show in April. often visited on Galveston. After consultation with the We knew there were termites – Formosan termites, selected contractor, Joe Webb, it was decided that the persistent plague across the southern United States – extensive reconstruction would be undertaken – in the theater building. What we didn’t know was how bad eliminating all wood, replacement of the damaged trusses the infestation was. with metal trusses, replacing the roof deck and installing a Two contractors were brought in to investigate the new roof cover, as the first step. Then remodeling the extent of the damage, and they found that there were interior, keeping one half for model railroads, and keeping termites in just about every piece of wood in the building – the other half as variable space for displays. The variable the trusses, the walls, the roof. At first it was thought the space, which would include moveable walls, will allow building could be tented and exterminated, but the rotation of the Museum’s artifacts so visitors do not see the infestation was so extensive, it was considered impractical, same exhibits each time they visit. As it is desirable to especially considering the in-ground colony would soon host displays from other museums, a HVAC system for the reinvade.


building is essential. The board of directors has approved all these items. In preparation for the reconstruction, curator Sam Christensen packed display items and transported them to a storage unit on the mainland. Some items are on display in the former Harvey House section of the Peoples Gallery.

The contractor had difficulty obtaining the steel trusses to support the roof, so the reconstruction was delayed until after the Polar Express event terminates for the year. In the interim, the former HO-scale railroad space is used to show the Polar Express movie, and the display spaces are being used for the Polar Express gift shop.

GRRM NEWS By Morris Gould, Operations Manager ANOTHER INATTENTIVE DRIVER On 13 April 2019, a Port of Galveston parking shuttle bus ignored the crossbuck, and didn’t hear Engine 1983’s grade crossing horn sound. The driver ran in front of the Harborside Express train at the 29th Street grade crossing. Damage to the van was minimal, as the engine was moving at less than 5 MPH. The front coupler hit the bus on the left rear side, right at the gas cap. The bus rocked up, its tires coming off the ground about 3 feet. Everyone thought it was going to flip over. Luckily no one was on the bus. The caboose had 15 riders, but there were no issues with them. Everyone, including shuttle drivers, need to slow down and look both ways before crossing any grade crossings!! Always expect a train. They outweigh you by several order of magnitude and they cannot stop on a dime. This could have been a major incident if passengers had been on board the bus. Damage to the engine was limited to paint scraped off the front coupler. Because of this latest event, the Museum has become proactive. Dr. John Bertini, Board Chair, contacted the Port of Galveston, and offered to host an Operation Lifesaver class for the port and other cruise ship shuttle drivers. Board member Jimmy Carter, former head of operations for the Texas City Terminal Railway, is on board to conduct the class at the Museum.

COTS INSPECTIONS AND OTHER UPGRADES TO THE RAIL YARD AND EQUIPMENT COT&S (Clean, Oil, Test, & Stencil) maintenance must be completed on the air brake equipment of passenger cars every 4 years, whether the cars are run or not, according to Federal Railroad Administration regulations. To do this the equipment must be disassembled and taken to a specialist for safety testing and maintenance. Both the C.O.T.S and the Amtrak PC-1 inspection were completed in August to be sure the equipment was ready for the Polar Express event. Ramon Coles removed all the components and loaded them in a pickup truck. The parts will be boxed at Albrecht Construction Co., and shipped to Pittsburgh Air Brake Co. for recertification.

Ramon Cole with the 540 pounds of brake equipment he removed from passenger cars. Damage to the side of the bus after the impact. By the way, the shuttle bus driver was fired for ignoring the crossbucks and driving onto the tracks without looking.

A large section of track was determined to have deteriorated cross ties, so those were replaced. The 29th Street switch was almost out of gauge and new ties were installed and a switch point was ground to allow tighter contact. Two ex-Amtrak high level coaches were leased


from John Radovich in Dallas and delivered to the Museum by BNSF. The head end power (HEP) generator in Warbonnet locomotive 315, the unit that supplies 480-volt power for the passenger cars’ air conditioning, failed recently. An inspection determined that an exhaust valve seat broke and fell down in #4 cylinder. This damaged the piston and cylinder head. Cummings of Houston repaired the damage in situ, without having to disassemble the generator.

Mars Lights are signal-safety lights built by Mars Signal Light Company for railroad locomotives and firefighting apparatuses. They oscillate vertically, horizontally, or both, to catch the attention of motorists and pedestrians.

Perry Hatch, locomotive engineer, and I, were featured on Houston’s Channel 13 (AABC). Both of us were interviewed about how we became involved with the Museum, and how much we enjoy volunteering and meeting the folks who come to ride the Harborside Express. The interview may still be seen on the Channel 13 website: https://abc13.com/entertainment/galveston-

railroad-museum-perfect-for-first-time-trainriders/5335339/?fbclid=IwAR2YoKrXwlbNL1qVFlNxVEYgM mc6f2J4jrJyXA41yTBL0hWoB4DKztKd4_w

James Campbell, who frequently assists the Museum with projects, has restored, and donated, a Mars light for use on the Missouri Pacific short bay-window caboose. It is especially useful during backup moves when caboose rides are being given.

Mars lights were developed by Jerry Kennelly, a Chicago firefighter who realized that oscillating lamps would benefit fire departments and railroads. The first railroad operational test was on a Chicago and Northwestern locomotive in 1936, and they began to be more widespread on locomotives in the late 1930s.

THE GOOD NEWS DEPARTMENT By Don Harper, Board Member DRGW FLAT CAR RESTORATION Calvin Wehrle, the Museum’s go-to guy for rolling stock restoration, completed restoration of the Denver and Rio Grande Western flat car No. 21158. He first used a hydroblaster to clean all the rust off the metal parts. He then coated the metal with good quality rust- resistant paint. And finally, he installed the deck using 2 x 10 treated lumber.

photos of the car in service bearing a block of granite on its deck, and it was decided to recreate this look.

Underside of the DRGW flat car after painting.

End on view of the DRGW flat car after painting. DRGW 21558 is a historic car. It was one of several flat cars used to carry marble from a quarry in Vermont to the site in Washington, D.C., where the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was constructed. The Museum has

In the archival photos, most of the marble is enclosed within a wooden frame with only the ends visible. Calvin made a frame identical to the one in the photo and then made two pieces of faux granite to fill the open ends of the frame. This is a very nice recreation of an important historic event in the Nation’s history. Another car of historic importance in the Museum’s collection is the Glen Fee coach. It was on the original American Freedom Train that


toured the country in 1947. Plans are being made to recreate the look this car it had when it was part of the Freedom Train.

Louisville & Nashville baggage car 1205 Readers may recall the deplorable condition of the Louisville and Nashville baggage car #1205 that was reported in previous newsletter. The car was badly rusted and in need of repairs and new paint.

The flat car with simulated granite installed. Robert E. Lee Observation Car Cleaned A new custodian, Kelly Carroll, was hired late last year. She has more talents than just custodial work. Below are photos of the Robert E. Lee from before and after she undertook cleaning. Staff is thrilled with her.

L&N baggage car 1205 during the restoration process. We are most pleased to report that rusted metal has been cut away and new metal welded in place. The entire car was cleaned of rust and then was painted. The results are stunning.


SANTA TRAIN By Jennifer Kelso, Marketing Coordinator The Museum hosted “Santa Arrives By Train” in December 2018. This event was a trial run for Polar Express. Everything worked well, and it was the largest event the Museum has done to date, although we expect the Polar Express attendance will far surpass the Santa train. The Junior ROTC unit at Ball High School in Galveston volunteered countless hours at the Santa event. The Museum donated $750 to the ROTC Marksmanship Team as thanks for their efforts. Also involved was the Ball High School Theater Department. The Museum hired a rising actor, Demetrius Calhoun to play Santa’s helper, Elfie. Visitors could take a “Selfie with Elfie”. ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL TRAIN SHOW By Steve Barkley Train Show Coordinator The annual model railroad train show was held at the Museum on the last weekend of April. As with past shows, model railroad clubs, representing all scales from N to G, set up displays and several vendors brought their wares to sell. All the statues and benches in the People’s Gallery were cleared out to make room for the displays. This is not an easy process. The statues are fragile and must be handled carefully.

The benches are quite heavy and must be lifted and have rollers placed under them before they can be moved outside.

Bird’s eye view of model railroad displays being set up. Gently lifting a statue from its place on the bench.

Benches being moved out of the Peoples Gallery

An estimated 700 individuals visited the Museum to view the exhibits. The Harborside Express was also in operation during the entire event. And the weather cooperated. I thank all the clubs, individuals and vendors who made this event a resounding success.

Two smaller layouts.


Train show visitors inspecting vendors wares.

The G-scale layout set up under the overhang outside the People’s Gallery

Long-time local vendor and Museum supporter Larry Nalewak once again brought railroadiana items for sale at the show. Lego layout

Bird’s eye view of George Bohn, event organizer for the 2019 Model Train Show in the People’s Gallery


WOMEN VETERANS VISIT THE MUSEUM By Jennifer Kelso Marketing Director During the Model Train Show weekend, the Museum hosted a group of World War II women veterans. LaShondra Jones, with the Women Veterans Services of Catholic Charities, brought a group of ladies to Galveston for a day of fun, fellowship, and relaxation. The Railroad Museum was one of the stops for this group. The women enjoyed seeing all the model train displays and had a fun day exploring the Museum, before continuing to the Strand District. The Museum staff and Board of Directors is most grateful to these women, and all members of the Armed Services, for their service to our country. Women vets pose in front of F-Unit 315, during the train show. POLAR EXPRESS GARNERS NEW MEMBERS FOR THE MUSEUM Donna

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McKenny

Brigitte

Nelson

Zach

Lincoln

Margaret

McPhail

Sally

Nelson

Dorothy

Lindsey

Kathy

Meadows

Viet

Nguyen

Alice

Linecum

Lamont

Meaux

April

Norman

Karen

Littleton

Jayne

Medellin

Jay

Norross

Earl & Vicki

Longoria

Brenda

Medina

Karenj

North

Joe

Longoria

Nick

Meekins

Alicia

Nuzzie

Deborah

Ludlow

Ashley

Melancon

Michael

Nydegger

Kurt

Ludwig

Amy

Mengarelli

Weston & Mary

O'Black

Patsy

Lummus

Nick

Mensch

Hanh

O'brien

Lori

Luna

Cheryl

Meyer

Eileen

O'connell

Nicholas

Luquette

Ron And Susan

Meyer

Becky

O'neal

Ronald

Lyle

Barbara

Miller

Laura

O'neil

Ashlee

Lynch

Doris

Miller

Patrick

O’neal

Patrick

Lyons

Melanie

Miller

Nicole

Obert

Jeffrey

Maddox

Michael

Miller

Daniel

Odom

Sandra

Magill

Rebecca

Miller

Michael

Odonnell

Erik

Mahlstedt

Shari

Miller

Kathleen

Oldag

Tatianna

Mai

Terri

Miller

Kathleen

Oneill

Elgene G.

Mainous

Lauren

Millo

Erica

Ordonez

Elizabeth (Libby)

Majdi

Esmeralda

Molina

Charala

Ordoyne

Jennifer

Manley

David

Montgomery

Elizabeth

Orlando

Linda

Markert

Patricia

Mooney

Matthew

Orlando

Andrew & Elizabeth

Marra

Julie

Moore

Janey

Orr

Sara Jane

Martin

Belinda

Morgan

Kathy

Ortiz

Christina

Martinez

Margaret

Moriarty Motter

Lanette

Pacheco

Julie

Martinez

Christina

Morreale

Krysta

Pacini

Melanie

Martinez

Serena

Morris

Sarita

Page

Richard

Martinez

Karen

Mowbray

Lucia

Palazzi

Betty

Massey

Corey

Mueck

Lyndsie

Palmer

Heather

Massoud

Karen

Mueck

Melissa

Palomarez

Melissa

Matos

Vanessa

Munoz

Ken

Paradowski

Kathryn

Matthew

Christine

Murdock

Ken

Paradowski

Laurie

Maxson

Kacy

Murphy

Charles

Parham

Maria

Maxwell

Lolita

Murrah

Thomas

Parr

Marilyn

Maxwell

Sandra

Muscarello

Tracie

Pate

Stephanie

Maxwell

Katherine

Naschke

Sarah

Paulk

Jamie & Eugene

Mayes

Melody

Navarro

Gary

Payne

Jan

McCallum

Emily

Neal

Gamaliel

Paz

Christyn

McCann

Shirley

Neal

Allyn

Pearlman

Leslie

McCorkle

Casey

Neil

Dortha M

Pendley

Dannis

McCullough

Lisa

Neil

Helen

Peoples

Kileen

McDonald

Michaelina

Neiser

Brittany

Perez

Mary Beth

McIver

Michaelina

Neiser

Damaris

Perez


Rebecca

Perilloux

Elizabeth

Rivas

Robert

Shong

Roseanne

Peters

Guadalupe

Rodriguez

Angela

Shouse

Marianne

Petri

Laura

Rodriguez

Kathryn

Shuler

Maria

Pettis

Lauren

Rogers

Leslie

Sinclair-Kaye

Amy

Petty

James

Rosales

Beth & Ethan

Singletary

Shannan

Pfeifer

James

Rosengren

Esther

Sjostrom

Patrick

Pierce

David & Sharon

Rosenthal

Teresa

Sluiter

Robert

Pietro

Juliana

Routzong

Alisa

Smith

Tracy

Pino

Daniel

Rowe

Anne

Smith

Carrie

Piper

Anastacia

Rubio

Bland

Smith

Theresa

Pistone

Stefanie

Rugaard

David

Smith

Hannah

Pixley

Edward

Ruhnke

Jennifer

Smith

Kayla

Plain

Ruth Ann

Ruiz

Karri

Smith

Katherine

Pollock

Christina

Rumore

Lynn

Smith

Doug

Poole

Charyl

Russell

Tracy

Smith

Ladonna

Pope

Shayla

Russell

Gayle

Snedecor

Vsevolod

Popov

Morrye

Rymbaugh

Ryan

Snider

Shawn

Porche

Philip

Salazar

Drew

Snow

Heather

Portelance

Robert

Salinas

Drew

Snow

Jessica

Poteet

Alan & Myra

Sanders

June

Snow

Robert

Poteet

Jessica

Sanders

Cheryl

Sobolik

Diane

Powell

Scott

Sanders

Eric

Sobolik

Kara

Pratt

Tara

Sass

Anna

Solorzano

Dustin

Price

Sandra

Sauers

Jennifer

Speer

Karen

Pugh

Terry

Sauter

Sharon

Spretz

Jennifer

Quebedeaux

Elizabeth

Schielack

Susan

Springrose

Jordan

Quillen

John

Schmidt III

Joseph

Sreshta

Elizabeth

Rabon

Annette

Schroer

Jack

Stanley

John

Ragan

Angela

Schuchardt

Christina

Stenzel

Linda

Ragan

Miles & Gaynell

Schulze

Ralph

Stenzel

Gregory

Rahim

Lisa

Schwartz

Lindsey

Stephens

Suzanne W

Rahman

Catherine

Scott

Sawyer

Stephens

David & Roxanne

Rainwater

Graham

Seale

Scott

Stevens

Kasey

Ramos

Kristi

Sessions

Erich

Stinson

Patricia

Reardon

Jim

Shallock

Rachel

Stokes

Marlina

Reed

Peggy

Shallock

John & Marie

Strain

Anna

Reger

Pamela

Sharkey

Anne

Streit

Amanda & Brian

Reilly

Melanie

Sharp

Belinda

Strickland

Melody

Reiss

Jonathan

Shea

Kindel

Stubblefield

Patricia

Rennick

Alan

Shelby

Alishia

Sullins

Cynthia

Reynolds

Deborah

Shelton

Natalie

Sullivan

Jan

Rice

Peter

Shen

Alex

Summerour

Renee

Rice

Deborah

Shephard

Donna

Summerour

Theresa

Rimkus

Claudia

Sheppard

Tom

Swan

Jennifer

Ritter

Matthew

Sherman

Jim

Sweeney


Paula

Sword

Carli

Vogel

Michael

Williams

Janine

Tandle

David

Waldmann

Susan

Williams

Linda

Teale

Ryan

Walsh

Jason & Annette

Willms

Rebecca

Tester

Hui

Wang

Connie

Wilson

Ryan

Thompson

Jimmie

Ward

Daniel

Wilson

Danette

Tilley

Haley

Watson

Darla

Wilson

Leslie

Toler

Pat

Waychoff

Jennifer

Wilson

Robert

Torres

Mandi

Weatherly

Susan

Winkler

Kimberly

Trahan

Laney

Weber

Paula

Wissman

Lindsay

Trepagnier

Crawford

Weir

Kenneth

Witkowski

Sara

Trigg

Brenda

Weiser

Leslie

Wolf

J

Trombley

Mary

Welch

Martha

Womac

Emily

Tucker

Mary

Welch

Anita

Wood

Emily

Tucker

Russell

Werme

Howard

Wood

Chelsea

Turner

Arthur

West

Alicia

Wooten

Victor

Uher

Jeff

Westenhaver

Carrie

Wright

Marta

Ullman

Thao

Westenhaver

Roger

Wright

Hans

Unbehagen

Michele

Whitcomb

Xuping

Xie

Mike

Unbehagen

Pamela

Whitcomb

Sheng-an

Yang

Rebecca

Valdes

Kelley

Whiteside

Angel

Ybanez

Mike

Valverde

Jack

Whitley

Cindy

Yirga

Zaina

van Loan

Susie

Wickson

Cheryl

Zatopek

Na

Vang

Amanda

Wiesenborn

Derek

Zepp

Fran

Vaughan

Scott

Wiesenborn

Jacqueline

Zepp

Katherine

Velez

Emily

Wilbanks

David

Zinni

Richard

Vernon

Denise

Wilhite

Ashley

Zweifel

Christine

Vo

Larry

Williams

Leonard & Melissa

Voellinger

Lisa

Williams


END MARKERS Walter A. “Butch” Kelso 1941-2019

The funeral service took place at Trinity Episcopal Church on 13 February at 10:00 a.m. located at 2216 Ball Street in Galveston with the Reverend Susan Kennard and Reverend Edward Thompson officiating. Burial was in Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock, TX. The family requested memorials be sent to The Kelso Memorial Library Fund at Trinity Episcopal Church, The Education and Excellence Fund at Trinity Episcopal School, or the charity of one’s choice.

Joyce Dundee 1926-2019

Former Board member Walter A. “Butch” Kelso, III passed peacefully on 6 Feb 2019 at Kindred Hospital in Webster, at the age of 77. He was born in Galveston on 26 June 1941. He received the nickname “Butch” from his father and members of the 19th Bomb Group during his father’s only time with Butch prior to deployment to the Philippines, and eventual capture and death during WWII as a POW. He is survived by his wife, Judith, his son Mark, his daughter-in-law Jennifer, who is the Museum’s Marketing Director and his grandson Drew. Mr. Kelso graduated from Ball High School in 1959 and Texas Christian University in 1964 with a Bachelor of Education. After completing his education, he came home to Galveston and worked for the University of Texas Medical Branch as Assistant Director of Purchasing. While pursuing his career he served his community as a deputy in the Galveston County Sheriff’s Department from 1961 through 1985 attaining the rank of Sargent. He also graciously gave his time in service to his community of faith by serving on the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church and The Education and Excellence Committee at Trinity Episcopal School. Butch was a life-long railroad collector. His specific interests were in model trains, and railroad lanterns. The family will be donating a large portion of Mr. Kelso’s railroad memorabilia back to the Galveston Railroad Museum.

Joyce passed on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at UTMB. She was 94 years of age and would have celebrated her 95th birthday June 19th. She was the mother of former ED John Dundee, and was one of the Museum’s strongest supporters during his tenure. She attended special events, rode trains, and always talked up the Museum. Joyce is survived by her sister Teresa Bruce Uhlig (Bill) of Huntsville, Texas as well as a host of nieces and nephews from her side of the family as well as from the family of her former husband, George H. Dundee, deceased, of Galveston, Texas. Joyce leaves behind children, grandchildren and great grandchildren: Daughter Patricia Dundee Hughes (Peter) of Ocean City, MD., Son John K. Dundee (Becky) of Galveston, TX., Grandson George “Ben” Dundee (Bryanne) of Austin, TX., Jennifer Dundee Reeder (J. Patrick) of Georgetown, TX. Great Grandchildren Solomon “Solo” Emmitt Dundee and Nora Esther “Birdie” Dundee of Austin, TX. To say Joyce was a strong, determined and fiercely independent woman would be an understatement.


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