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Galveston's Train & Plane Museums Were Hit Hard

Two of Galveston's museums -- the Lone Star Flight Museum and the Railroad Museum -- got hit pretty hard by Ike.

They've posted pictures of the damage here.

Those plaster sculptures of passengers sitting around the terminal at the Railroad Museum? It looks like they were tossed around like confetti.

The website says the Railroad Museum, housed in the old station at the foot of the Strand, will reopen. It sounds like they're looking for donations:

We Will Rebuild........... it doesn't matter if you are an islander, a mainlander, or from out of town, Galveston Island has a way of calling to you and if you are a fan of the railroad museum, you know that you will answer that call.

The Flight museum reports this:

A first site survey found damage from Ike as substantial. The hangars and Texas Aviation Hall of Fame had 7-8 feet of water in those areas. The gift shop and lobby area had 3-4 feet of water. The southwest side of both hangars appear compromised. The entire contents of the gift ship are lost. Every exhibit in the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame was destroyed although some artifacts may be able to be saved.. How many is yet to be determined.

The airplanes received major water damage. Most remain in good shape physically. All plumbing and electrical systems are inoperable. The roof is okay minus one skylight. The second floor appears to be untouched. All evacuated aircraft are ok.

Debris is everywhere.

The Railroad Museum is (was?) a charmingly low-key affair, but train-loving kids ate it up.

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One of its most popular features was a model-railroad layout of the port of Galveston, set up so that kids could duck under the table and lift their head in the middle of the display.

No word on how that fared; hopefully it was better than the passenger sculptures.

-- Richard Connelly

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