Almost two years to the day of its first test to evacuate equipment in case of a hurricane, a BNSF train of important Galveston Railroad Museum rolling stock headed off Galveston Island in this morning’s wee hours.
The museum’s two F7A Santa Fe “Warbonnets” and four Amtrak-ready Budd passenger cars were escorted off the island under BNSF power at 2:15 in preparation for Hurricane Harvey, which is expected to hit the Texas coast tonight. Nos. 315 and 316 and chair cars “Alonzo A. Harder” and “George H. Gould,” diner “City of Galveston” and sleeper “Donald Harper” were towed about 50 miles inland to Pearland south of Houston.The rest of the museum, which Hurricane Ike severely damaged in 2008, was boarded up and sandbagged, Executive Directory Morris Gould said.
Earlier this week, a tropical Gulf depression became a hurricane bearing down on Corpus Christi. The National Weather Service says Harvey could reach winds of 125 mph and dump 20-30 inches of rain along the Gulf Coast late Friday and early Saturday. It could be the largest hurricane to hit the middle of the Texas coast since 2003.