History of the Club

Our Building

Founded by Bill Hughes, the Galveston Model Railroad Club and Muesum began with the purchase of the Cotton Workers' Union Hall at the corner of 27th and Market Streets in 2000.

The large 45 by 90 foot room that occupies most of the second floor quickly became the target of renovation work, building the framework and upgrading the building's electrical system for the Club's signature HO Scale layout.

Work also began on building the two large helix that allow transition between levels. Once completed, they were equipped with video cameras that can monitor the trains as they progress in case of derailment.

In 2001, with the benchwork significantly complete, work began on laying track and scenery. In 2002, the mainlines and helix were to the point of allowing the first trains to run a significant portion of the layout.

Also in 2002, a smaller space on the first floor saw the beginnings of a second project, a G Gauge layout. That layout was near completion until Hurricane Ike ravaged the city September 12, 2008, resulting in its destruction. There are no plans on rebuilding it at this time.

Work continues to install scenery and make other improvements to the layout, as well as construction of our third layout, East Broad Top in HOn3 (Narrow Gauge).