Southern California Railroad Museums, Attractions, Organizations & Societies

Kern County

Friends of the Tehachapi Depot

  • Friends of the Tehachapi Depot is where you will find photos and information on how to join us and help restore the Tehachapi Depot. The current depot has been a cornerstone to downtown Tehachapi since 1904. It’s only right that we start on the restoration on its 100th anniversary.
  • P.O. Box 2044 Tehachapi, California

Los Angeles County

Lomita Railroad Museum

  • The Museum has been referred to as a “work of art”. Everyone who worked on the building was an artist in his line. This of course includes John W. Gallareto, designer and builder. No expense was spared too produce a proper and appropriate treasury to house the valuable historical items on display in the Museum. Dedicated to the proud era of the steam engine, complete authenticity is the hallmark of the Museum.
  • 2137 West 250th Street in Lomita, California

Los Angeles Live Steamers

  • Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum (LALS) was founded in 1956 by train enthusiasts for the purpose of educating people in railroad history and lore and to further the avocation of live steam, gas-mechanical and electronic railroad technology.
  • 5202 Zoo Drive in Los Angeles, California.

Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation

  • The mission of the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation is to diligently preserve and dynamically present the history of railroading and demonstrate the impact railroads have made — and continue to make — on the social and economic fabric of Los Angeles and Southern California.
  • 1500 West Alhambra Road in Alhambra, California.

The Pacific Railroad Museum in the San Dimas Station

  • PRS operates the Pacific Railroad Museum in the former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe depot in San Dimas, California. Our goal is to restore the depot to represent a working railroad station. Artifacts and exhibits on various aspects of railroading are on display there. The depot also houses our extensive railroad research library containing books, documents, maps and photographs collected since the 1930s. This facility is open to the public and staffed by PRS volunteers.
  • 210 W. Bonita Ave, San Dimas, California

Santa Susana Depot

  • Under the overall guidance, financing and volunteer help of the Simi Valley Parks and Recreation Department and the Rancho Simi Historical Foundation, the depot was purchased and subsequently moved to its present location, and has been beautifully restored as close as possible to its original 1903 authenticity. Located within the waiting room and dispatcher/ticket office is the Rancho Simi Foundation’s museum.
  • Located in Simi Valley, California

Southern California Chapter Railway and Locomotive Historical Society

  • The Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, founded in 1921, is the oldest organization in North America devoted to railroad history. Its object is to promote research and to encourage preservation and documentation of all facets of railroading. This chapter takes pleasure in welcoming you to it’s display at Fairplex, on the grounds of the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona, California. A small group of devoted railroad historians gathered in a home in the spring of 1953 and set the wheels in motion to organize this local chapter and on June 5, 1953 the deed was done.
    This exhibit first opened in 1954 with our first acquisition, the Climax geared type locomotive, #3. It was donated by Sunkist Growers, Inc. Since that time 7 more locomotives, a Heavyweight Pullman Lounge, a Santa Fe wooden Caboose, Refrigerator car, an ATSF; Horse Express car and two track motor cars have been added to the rolling stock exhibit.
    The center of Museum activities is the former Santa Fe Depot from Arcadia, California. This was given to the Society in the summer of 1969. Built in 1895, it witnessed the daily passing of the Santa Fe’s finest trains but became obsolete with the coming of the 210 Freeway. It had to be moved or demolished and so it is now preserved as a classic example of a 19th Century Santa Fe Station.
  • Located at the fairplex in Pomona, California

Travel Town Museum

  • In the late 1940s, Charley Atkins, a Recreation and Parks employee, along with a handful of rail enthusiast friends, had the idea that a steam locomotive would make an attractive addition at the Griffith Park miniature railroad ride. The original intention of the Museum was to be a “railroad petting zoo,” an opportunity for the children of Los Angeles to “imagineer” themselves as engineers. The City of Los Angeles Harbor Department had two little engines destined for scrap that seemed to fit the bill. The idea escalated as Atkins, with the enthusiastic support of former Recreation and Parks Department General Manager George Hjelte and Superintendent of Recreation William Frederickson, initiated contacts with major railroads in California to determine what equipment they might be willing to donate. At that time, the steam locomotive era was drawing to a close, and Atkins found a good response. Travel Town was dedicated on December 14, 1952. The concept of a combined transportation museum and recreation center blossomed, and wishes for donations were generously fulfilled. In 1965, Travel Town’s exhibits were re-grouped, and the park re-dedicated. Today, Travel Town is in a state of new growth and development. Charley Atkins passed away in 1959, but he left Los Angeles a grand legacy at Travel.
  • 5200 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, California 90027

Orange County

Fullerton Railway Plaza Association

  • The Fullerton Railway Plaza Association (FRPA) is dedicated to the preservation of the railroad heritage of Southern California through the creation of a large Interactive Railroad Attraction in the City of Fullerton, California. This facility will be unique in that it will embody many facets of the world of Recreational Railroading, including preservation, restoration, archiving, education, railfanning, modeling and many other interesting rail oriented activities.
  • Fullerton Santa Fe Depot, 124 East Santa Fe Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832

Fullerton CA Depot – Trainweb

  • Amtrak / Metrolink Fullerton Santa Fe Depot – The city of Fullerton, California from a rail perspective. History, attractions, merchants, lodging, events, transportation, schedules, webcams, photographs, the Amtrak Metrolink Fullerton Santa Fe Depot and more are featured for the rail traveler and others interested in trains.
  • 400 East Commonwealth Avenue, #7, Fullerton, California (714) 209-7223

Riverside County

Orange Empire Railway Museum:

  • Explore the West’s largest collection of railway locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban electric cars, buildings and other artifacts dating from the 1870’s.
  • Ride streetcars, interurban cars and trains on the museum railway. Trolleys and trains operate every weekend and on most major holidays, 11AM to 5PM.
  • Visit the Pinacate Station Museum Store and the Museum grounds daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas), 9AM to 5PM.
  • 2201 S. “A” St., Perris CA 92570

San Bernardino County

Western American Railroad Museum

  • The Western America Railroad Museum collects, preserves and shares the history of railroading in the Pacific Southwest for all who love railroads and railroading. W.A.R.M. provides educational forums with interpretive and historical displays that focuses on both Railroad History and the development of Railroad Technology. W.A.R.M. encompasses not only the past, but the present and future as well, realizing that such a broad scope is essential to understanding the role of western railroading in America.
  • 685 North First Street, Barstow, CA 92311

San Berdnadino Railroad Historical Society

  • The SBRHS was formed in 1981 to restore Santa Fe locomotive 3751, and is composed of hundreds of individuals interested in the heritage and preservation of “The Steam Era”. Accountants, artists, small business owners, dentists, designers, engineers, railroaders, retired railroaders, pharmacists, painters, truck drivers, mechanics, welders, politicians, and lawyers all work side by side with the same goals in mind.
  • Our primary focus has been the complete restoration and operation of 3751, with a secondary focus of collecting historically relevant pieces of Santa Fe heritage for preservation. With our primary task of restoration completed, the organization has now turned to protecting the engine from the elements. The engine, tool car, reefer car, and the organization’s growing collection needs a permanent home where it can be shared with future generations.
  • P.O. Box 2878, San Bernardino, California.

San Diego County

Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum – Campo Location

  • The Museum’s main facility is located in Campo California, a pleasant fifty-mile drive east of downtown San Diego. Most of the Museum’s collection is on display in Campo, where guided “hands-on” walking tours are given following the excursions (when documents are available).
  • Over eighty major pieces of railroad equipment, including steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars and cabooses are available for inspection and interpretation.
  • 31123-1/2 Highway 94, Campo, California 91906

Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum – La Mesa Depot Location

  • In 1974, the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association located and purchased the remains of the building, again for one dollar. In 1980-1981 the building was returned to its original site and, using money from a federal grant, was restored to its 1915 condition. Preservation was truly a labor of love for volunteers of the San Diego Railroad Museum, with help from members of the La Mesa Historical Society.
  • Today the Railroad Museum owns and maintains the building, and the City of La Mesa owns and maintains the grounds and land beneath it. The public is admitted free to the La Mesa Depot Museum for tours on weekend afternoons. Visitors can inspect the steam locomotive and string of freight cars on the nearby track and pass through the ticket/waiting area and view the telegrapher’s station and a small exhibit area in the baggage room. This building and its past are a fascinating look at a bit of small-town railroading from yesteryear and its importance to the community it served.
  • 4695 Nebo Drive, La Mesa, CA 91941

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

  • The mission of the San Diego Model Railroad Museum is to preserve the heritage of railroading through a series of miniature representations of California railroads; research and preserve the history of model railroading; and educate the public in the many different aspects of railroading.
    At 24,000 sq. ft., the museum is the largest indoor model railroad display in the world. The individual HO and N scale layouts are among largest of their type. Construction of the model railroads is accomplished by volunteer club members (approximately. 320). Each club is responsible for the design, construction, funding, and operation of its exhibit.
  • 1649 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101-1621

San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park

The mission of the San Diego Model Railroad Museum is to preserve the heritage of railroading through a series of miniature representations of California railroads; research and preserve the history of model railroading; and educate the public in the many different aspects of railroading.

Santa Barbara County

Goleta CA Depot Museum – South Coast Railroad Museum

The South Coast Railroad Museum at Goleta Depot is dedicated to the history, technology, and adventure of railroading. Special emphasis is placed on the railroad’s contributions to local history, on the Southern Pacific Railroad, and on the key historical role of the railroad depot in rural community life across America.

South Coast Railroad Museum

  • Goleta Depot is a Victorian-styled Southern Pacific Railroad station, built in 1901 by the Southern Pacific Railroad. The historical landmark and architectural treasure is located at picturesque Lake Los Carneros County Park. The museum features refurbished rooms and station grounds, and a variety of informative displays, hands-on exhibits, artifacts, photographs, and memorabilia.
  • 300 North Los Carneros Road, Goleta, California 93117-1502

Ventura County

Santa Susana Depot

Under the overall guidance, financing and volunteer help of the Simi Valley Parks and Recreation Department and the Rancho Simi Historical Foundation, the depot was purchased and subsequently moved to its present location, and has been beautifully restored as close as possible to its original 1903 authenticity. Located within the waiting room and dispatcher/ticket office is the Rancho Simi Foundation’s museum.

Outside of Southern California

Santa Fe Railway Historical and Modeling Society – The Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society is an independent non-profit corporation devoted to preserving, studying and sharing information about all aspects of the former Santa Fe Railway, from its rich history and fascinating operations to its distinctive equipment and facilities.