Dining In Style
New exhibit featuring railroad porcelain china and silver is now open at the
Galveston Railroad Museum
America’s romance with rail travel spanned a century and a
half, during which time enjoying a meal in the dining car as
the scenery rushed by was the epitome of luxury travel. Many
elements made that experience special - food that compared
with the finest restaurants and hotels, service without peer,
and, not in the least, the elegant table settings that made every
traveler feel like royalty.
The elaborate and finely crafted silver service that graced the
tables, virtually unknown by today’s traveler, was an essential
ingredient found on dining cars throughout the nation. The
fundamental characteristics of quality manufacture and design
endured until the end of privately owned rail passenger service.
Housing one of the largest collections of railroad china and
silver in the nation, the Galveston Railroad Museum has
exquisitely set table settings that reflect the elegance of dining
on a railcar in the 20th century. Complete with furnishings, the
collection is from several railroad companies now on exhibit in
the newly restored exhibit hall.
Imagine traveling across American on the Burlington, Santa
Fe, or Amtrak railways, dining with the countryside providing
the backdrop for a memorable experience. A living history
museum, the Galveston Railroad Museum offers an abundance
of interactive activities where visitors are invited to board trains
to immerse themselves in days gone by dining options.
A fun educational venue, visitors may enjoy seeing a model
train under construction, watch a railroad video in the mini
auditorium, or learn about the history of the railroad through
one of the informative exhibits – many located in railcars.
Located downtown at 2602 Santa Fe Place, the Galveston
Railroad Museum offers interactive activities, train car tours,
educational programs, exhibits, and the state’s only rail hotel.
The museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm. For more
details call 409.765.5700 or visit www.galvestonrrmusuem.org.