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Tomball’s Historic Railroad Depot Museum Reopens for the Holidays

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TOMBALL, TX – Tomball’s historic 1907 railroad museum, The Depot, has reopened on a limited schedule for the holidays. More than 300 guests recently visited The Depot on Saturday, December 5th to experience some railroading history in old style holiday fashion.

Tomball Depot Christmas 2020
Volunteer Trainman John Lockwood on the Tomball Depot’s caboose exhibit, home of the Lionel O-scale T&W Model Railway display.

The Depot museum has been decorated for Christmas with a sleigh full of elves, holiday trains, wreaths, and more. The seven foot tall Lionel Christmas tree is hung with railroad holiday ornaments and has a model train at its base that passes through a landscape of vintage boxed Lionel sets.

The O-scale T&W Model Railway inside the nearby caboose is also decorated for the season. Tiny decorations, multiple Santas and reindeer will be seen throughout the 150 square foot display. From wreathed lamp posts along the streets and the snow covered trees at the hobo camp, to the festive country farm house and Bubba’s miniature Christmas Tree Emporium on Main Street, the Lionel train display is a set for the season.




The Depot is open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 12th and 19th, and plans to be back on a full weekend schedule beginning January 9th. Admission and parking are free. The Depot is following CDC and other recommended COVID-19 protocols, so mask-up and give your neighbors some space when inside the structures.

The Depot is located at 201 South Elm Street along the BNSF Railroad tracks in downtown Tomball.