The city of Tomball is moving closer to housing the Houston Railroad Museum, as members of both groups recently ventured to another museum in Frisco to get ideas.
Tomball city leaders Mayor Gretchen Fagan, City Manager George Shackelford and Community Development Director Craig Meyers traveled to the city that now houses the Museum of the American Railroad.
"We learned a tremendous amount," said Shackelford. "It was a worthwhile day."
Shackelford said that Frisco city officials and railroad museum officials told their counterparts of the many challenges they faced getting the museum up and running.
"They also provided us with copies of their contracts that we will use to build our agreement," Shackelford added.
Houston Railroad Museum and Gulf Goast Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society official Jerry Dorcz agreed with Shackelford.
"It was a very informative fact-finding trip," he said.
Dorcz said that the museum board is looking at trying to find engineers to help design the site in Tomball, which will be near the Tomball Depot Center.
"We are also in the early stages of a contract," he added. "I assume that in the next couple of months we will have something done."
Dorcz said that his group is excited about the future move.
"(The move to Tomball) provides us with a ready made location, as the events and marketing that Tomball does will help raise our profile," he said.
The move will also come with a rebranding of the museum's name, Dorcz added.
"We are looking at changing the name to the Texas Railroading Heritage Museum," he said.