Southern California Railway Museum

The Orange Empire Railway Museum is home to over 200 historic railway cars and locomotives from Los Angeles and the West. The museum’s 90-acre site in Perris, California is open to the public 363 days a year. Railway trains operate every weekend. The museum's mission is to educate the public about railway transportation history of Southern California and the West. We fulfill this mission by helping to support the restoration, operation, and interpretation of the historic railroad equipment at the Orange Empire Railway Museum. Orange Empire Railway Museum operates a Museum Railway where visitors can ride on the historic trains and trolleys that helped shape the Southern California we know today. The Museum Railway operates every weekend and on most major holidays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and also on weekdays for charters and other special events. The Museum grounds are open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas. On a typical weekend (other than during special events), two city streetcars are running on the half-mile dual-gauge Loop Line, and another train is operating on the 1.5 mile standard gauge Mainline. The northern end of the Museum Railway is presently at 7th Street, although during certain special events trains operate all the way to the historic 1892 Perris Depot at 4th Street. Future plans call for regular operations to be extended to 4th Street as the depot area is rebuilt into the new Metrolink station and transit center. In addition to the streetcars on the Loop Line, a Pacific Electric interurban or city streetcar also operates on the Mainline on selected weekends. The Mainline train is usually an electrically or diesel powered freight train (with a caboose to ride in if you wish), or consists of passenger train cars. Typically at the Orange Empire Railway Museum, you can experience riding in one of the early Los Angeles streetcars and a more modern PCC on the Loop Line, and ride in either a caboose (the cupola is very popular with the kids) or open gondola on the freight train. The cars and locomotives are selected on a rotating basis from our historic collection. Steam locomotive operation at OERM is scheduled for the third weekend of the month between September and May (no steam operations during the summer) and during certain special events and major holidays. Check the calendar of events for further information. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the availability of any particular piece of equipment on any given day. Some equipment does not operate during rain. While admission and parking for the Museum is free (except for selected special events – see calendar of events), a ticket must be purchased to ride on the Museum Railway. Your ticket is good for the entire day, for as many trips as you wish. Your fare goes directly towards meeting Museum operating expenses. On regular weekends, an all-day pass to ride the trains costs $12 for adults, $8 for children 5-11, free for kids under 5. Charters are also available during the week. Bring a school group, or just a group of friends. Check the Charters page for more details. We also offer a Birthday Caboose for parties, and you can even operate one of our historic locomotives as part of the Run One program. Make plans today to visit the Orange Empire Railway Museum – OERM in Perris, Southern California.

01/21/2020
SCRM Diesel Shop

January 2020 Diesel Service Report now posted on the SCRM Diesel Shop page https://www.facebook.com/SCRMDIESEL/

Welcome to the Southern California Railway Museum Diesel Shop page.

Here you will find out about current and past projects, and whatever else we may be working on at any given time. Photos, videos and updates will be posted on a regular basis.

#tbt The view north from Alpine Drive, March 1965. Poles for overhead line in place but no track...yet.
01/16/2020

#tbt The view north from Alpine Drive, March 1965. Poles for overhead line in place but no track...yet.

Everyone is welcome to Behind the Scenes this weekend...and Museum Members are free! Bring the family for a fun and fasc...
01/15/2020

Everyone is welcome to Behind the Scenes this weekend...and Museum Members are free! Bring the family for a fun and fascinating day of special tours and access to areas not usually open to the public. Get special access to the pit where you can go underneath a street car and see how it works. Enjoy unlimited rides on trains & trolleys. Even get behind the throttle* and run a real locomotive!

Event Info at https://www.facebook.com/events/2491635567601138/

* Under Supervision & additional fee for this experience

01/13/2020
SCRM Diesel Shop

The SCRM Diesel Shop Switch-a-thon! What it takes to transition from Polar Express to this weekend's 2020 Behind the Scenes. 🚂😃

Timelapse from the 1006 during the second day of the 4 day switch-a-thon.

Roughly 8 hours of switching condensed down into about 7 minutes.

01/07/2020
SCRM Diesel Shop

SCRM Diesel Shop

Video of SP 1006 shoving a cut of cars into barn 7 on Sunday. A total of 4 days of switching took place to prepare the barn for the upcoming behind the scenes event as well as the wheel set change on SP 3100. The switching also helped put the railroad back in order after the conclusion of Polar Express.

Southern California Railway Museum's cover photo
01/06/2020

Southern California Railway Museum's cover photo

12/25/2019
Macaroni Kid - Ontario, CA
12/06/2019

Macaroni Kid - Ontario, CA

All aboard The Polar Express!!

Do YOU believe?
🔔

A few Polar Express tips from an attendee - don't forget to wear those PJ's!
12/02/2019

A few Polar Express tips from an attendee - don't forget to wear those PJ's!

Thank you @thepolarexpresssocal 🚂🎄for the most magical evening! If you have not purchased tickets for you and your family, I 100% say do it!!
This is what the holiday season is about, believing in the magic of Christmas 🎅🏼🎄☃️
.....
Trains depart the Fillmore & Western Railway depot in Fillmore, CA and the Southern California Railway Museum in Perris, CA now thru December 29th!
....
A few tips:
•Dress warm the nights are cold and it is a bit chilly on the train, pj’s are welcomed!!
•Eat before as there is no food offerings, only the hot coco & snickerdoodle (which was delicious) given on board.
•Watch the movie as a family before hand & bring a copy of the book for added fun!
Check out our IG stories to see all the magical moment on board The Polar Express we had (I’ll also add a highlight) @ Southern California Railway Museum

Our event attendees can meet Polar Express author Chris Van Allsburg at SCRM December 5th 🎅😍🚂
11/29/2019

Our event attendees can meet Polar Express author Chris Van Allsburg at SCRM December 5th 🎅😍🚂

📢 Special Announcement! To celebrate the opening of our brand-new Southern California locations, as well as the 15th Anniversary of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ film, the author of The Polar Express, Chris Van Allsburg will be joining us for two special book signings! 📖 He'll be greeting guests prior to each departure in Fillmore, CA on December 4th and in Perris, CA on December 5th. This is your chance to meet him yourself and get your book signed by the original author 🤓 Get your tickets here before they sell out 👉 bit.ly/PolarExpressSocal

11/20/2019

Polar Express - first time ever in Southern California! Do you Believe? #polarexpress #christmas #believe

Bye Thomas and Percy! Until next year...
11/18/2019

Bye Thomas and Percy! Until next year...

Thomas and Percy departure

The 1474 was used this morning to load Thomas and Percy. Below are some photos to show how the process goes.

Thomas and percy are headed to Pennsylvania next.

Every wonder what happens to our left over Pumpkin Patch Pumpkins? We give them away to other nonprofits & community gro...
11/13/2019

Every wonder what happens to our left over Pumpkin Patch Pumpkins? We give them away to other nonprofits & community groups in Perris 😃🎃

11/12/2019

HOLIDAY HOURS:

Southern California Railway Museum is hosting Polar Express and beginning today we will be open for Polar Express ONLY. Museum access will be limited to members that are working on our collections. All other museum areas will be unavailable.

Daily visitors and guests will be welcomed back beginning January 1, 2020. Trolley service will resume on January 4th, 2020.

If you have a question regarding facilities rental, upcoming events or need other membership assistance, please call 951-943-3020 and leave a message or email our administrative staff at [email protected] and we will get back to you within 48 hours. For Polar Express tickets, visit https://socalthepolarexpressride.com/perris-schedule-and-tickets/.

Southern California Railway Museum's cover photo
11/12/2019

Southern California Railway Museum's cover photo

Thank you Fall Event attendees and, especially, our dedicated VOLUNTEERS - our nonprofit Museum could not exist without ...
11/12/2019

Thank you Fall Event attendees and, especially, our dedicated VOLUNTEERS - our nonprofit Museum could not exist without you!

Southern California Railway Museum depends on the funds raised at our Annual Events to ensure we can continue to restore and preserve West’s largest collection of railway locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban electric cars, buildings and other artifacts dating from the 1870’s.

Want to learn more about helping the Museum in its Mission? Please visit https://www.oerm.org/participation/.

11/08/2019
Thomas the Tank Engine is real!! Day out with Thomas

Randomland Adventures' visit to our very own Day Out with Thomas 😃 #dayoutwiththomas

Thomas the Tank Engine has come to life! The beloved Railway Series character from Thomas and Friends and Shining time station is here in Southern California...

11/07/2019

Thomas, Percy, and Sir Topham Hatt can’t wait to meet you this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday! #dayoutwiththomas

11/06/2019

Last chance to take a ride behind the #1 Blue Engine until Fall 2020! #dayoutwiththomas November 9-11th OERM.org/thomas

11/05/2019
SCRM Diesel Shop

🤫🤫🤫 don't tell the kiddies. A little behind the scenes info about Day Out with Thomas and these restored locomotives are spectacular all on their own! See you this weekend for our final weekend and thanks to our amazing volunteers who make this all happen!

ATSF 108 and SP 1006 are the power for the Thomas and Percy trains for this year’s Day Out With Thomas event at the Southern California Railway Museum! Come on out next weekend to see them November 9th, 10th, and 11th!

To our Members and Visitors:For the very first time, Southern California Railway Museum is hosting Polar Express. We are...
10/31/2019
Perris Schedule & Tickets - Fillmore & Perris, CA The Polar Express

To our Members and Visitors:

For the very first time, Southern California Railway Museum is hosting Polar Express. We are very excited and want to ensure that our guests have an enjoyable experience. We need time to prep our museum each day for the large crowds. As a result, beginning Tuesday, November 12th, Southern California Railway Museum will be open for Polar Express ONLY. Museum access will be limited to members that are working on our collections. All other museum areas will be unavailable.

Daily visitors and guests will be welcomed back beginning January 1st, 2020. Trolley service will resume on January 4th, 2020.

If you have a question regarding facilities rental, upcoming events or need other membership assistance, please call 951-943-3020 or email our administrative staff at [email protected].

For Polar Express tickets, visit https://socalthepolarexpressride.com/perris-schedule-and-tickets/

View our scheduled departures and make your reservation for this one-of-a-kind experience on board THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride in Perris!

See you THIS WEEKEND for Day Out with Thomas! #dayoutwiththomas @socalrailwaymuseum
10/30/2019

See you THIS WEEKEND for Day Out with Thomas! #dayoutwiththomas @socalrailwaymuseum

10/30/2019
Day Out with Thomas THIS WEEKEND

Can't wait to see all our little engineers and their families November 2, 3, 9, 10, and 11th for Day Out with Thomas at the Southern California Railway Museum in Perris!

oerm.org/thomas for tickets and info

10/25/2019

We celebrate our VOLUNTEERS for all you do to keep our Nonprofit Museum and Fundraising Events running smoothly, and thanks to our visitors for supporting us with your event purchases.

See you this weekend for the final days of Terror in Train Town and Pumpkin Patch Express! 🚂🎃👻😀

oerm.org/terror
oerm.org/pumpkin

10/22/2019
Terror in Train Town Last Weekend!

There are maniacs on the move at Train Town - Last weekend to see if you will be lucky enough to survive. Produced by Bloodshed Brothers Productions - Tickets and info @ oerm.org/terror.

2019 Halloween Events at the Railway Museum 🎃👻🚂 - Pumpkin Patch Express and Terror in Train Town.
10/18/2019

2019 Halloween Events at the Railway Museum 🎃👻🚂 - Pumpkin Patch Express and Terror in Train Town.

#tbt Pullman-built “Blimps” featuring the Museum’s own Car No. 498 - photographed on southbound Slauson Junction in 1958...
10/17/2019

#tbt Pullman-built “Blimps” featuring the Museum’s own Car No. 498 - photographed on southbound Slauson Junction in 1958
pc: Ed Von Nordick

10/16/2019
A Ticket to Youth

Welcome to the Southern California 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 electric cars, and trains on the Museum railway. Visit the Museum’s collection of more than 200 streetcars and railway vehicles to experience the early days of electric, steam, and diesel railway transportation in and around Los Angeles.

pc: David Dibble

VC2 Steam Locomotive regularly scheduled operations resume the third week of January, 2020 🚂
10/15/2019

VC2 Steam Locomotive regularly scheduled operations resume the third week of January, 2020 🚂

#TBT So much history
10/10/2019

#TBT So much history

This former Pacific Electric Car was used as a diner in Van Nuys for 28 years. In 1959 the car was bought by the Orange Empire Traction Company for $500 and moved to their museum in Perris, CA. It is now called the Orange Empire Railway Museum. Caption reads: "Trolley's off. Members of hobby group, Orange Empire Traction Co., help truckers load old Pacific Electric car into truck for moving to Perris, Calif., Museum, near Riverside. From left, with timbers, are Paul Dieges, company's engineer; Frank Moudy, trucking worker, and Al Fishel, member of museum group." (Credit: Los Angeles Public Library/Valley Times Collection)

Southern California Railway Museum's cover photo
10/08/2019

Southern California Railway Museum's cover photo

10/08/2019
Thomas is coming to PERRIS, CA!

Thomas, Percy, and Sir Topham Hatt can't wait to meet your little Engineer! See you at the Southern California Railway Museum for a ride aboard the number 1 Blue Engine this Fall! Tickets and info at oerm.org/thomas.

10/07/2019

Fall is PACKED with events at the Railway Museum, and don't forget that our event guests are not only having a great time, they are supporting our volunteer-run Nonprofit Museum in its mission to preserve and protect California Railway History!

Our friends are waiting to greet you TONIGHT at Terror in Train Town.
10/04/2019

Our friends are waiting to greet you TONIGHT at Terror in Train Town.

pc: Ricardo Pimentel TemeculaExperience
10/03/2019

pc: Ricardo Pimentel TemeculaExperience

Will you survive?

Address

2201 S A St
Perris, CA
92570

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(951) 943-3020

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The Southern California Railway Museum (SCRM) is home to over 200 historic railway cars and locomotives from Los Angeles and the West. The museum’s 90-acre site in Perris, California is open to the public 363 days a year. Railway trains operate every weekend. The museum's mission is to educate the public about railway transportation history of Southern California and the West. We fulfill this mission by helping to support the restoration, operation, and interpretation of the historic railroad equipment at the Southern California Railway Museum. Southern California Railway Museum operates a Museum Railway where visitors can ride on the historic trains and trolleys that helped shape the Southern California we know today. It also operates as the exclusive Southern California home of the Day Out with Thomas & Friends special event for two weekends each year. The Museum Railway operates every weekend and on most major holidays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and also on weekdays for charters and other special events. The Museum grounds are open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas. On a typical weekend (other than during special events), two city streetcars are running on the half-mile dual-gauge Loop Line, and another train is operating on the 1.5 mile standard gauge Mainline. The northern end of the Museum Railway is presently at 7th Street, although during certain special events trains operate all the way to the historic 1892 Perris Depot at 4th Street. Future plans call for regular operations to be extended to 4th Street as the depot area is rebuilt into the new Metrolink station and transit center. In addition to the streetcars on the Loop Line, a Pacific Electric interurban or city streetcar also operates on the Mainline on selected weekends. The Mainline train is usually an electrically or diesel powered freight train (with a caboose to ride in if you wish), or consists of passenger train cars. Typically at the Southern California Railway Museum, you can experience riding in one of the early Los Angeles streetcars and a more modern PCC on the Loop Line, and ride in either a caboose (the cupola is very popular with the kids) or open gondola on the freight train. The cars and locomotives are selected on a rotating basis from our historic collection. Steam locomotive operation at SCRM is scheduled for the third weekend of the month between September and May (no steam operations during the summer) and during certain special events and major holidays. Check the calendar of events for further information. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the availability of any particular piece of equipment on any given day. Some equipment does not operate during rain. While admission and parking for the Museum is free (except for selected special events – see calendar of events), a ticket must be purchased to ride on the Museum Railway. Your ticket is good for the entire day, for as many trips as you wish. Your fare goes directly towards meeting Museum operating expenses. On regular weekends, an all-day pass to ride the trains costs $12 for adults, $8 for children 5-11, free for kids under 5. Charters are also available during the week. Bring a school group, or just a group of friends. Check the Charters page for more details. We also offer a Birthday Caboose for parties, and you can even operate one of our historic locomotives as part of the Run One program. Make plans today to visit the Southern California Railway Museum – SCRM in Perris, Southern California.

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I have LOTS of train magazines and train photographs I would like to donate. Any suggestions? Thank you.
I need 5tickets if anyone is selling any
A photo from the past. Here is a photo of the August 1968 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman. On the cover is the Museum's PE Line Car 00157. The guy in the green work clothes and yellow hard hat, is Norm Johnson, who was the Line Department supervisor and one of the original 14 founding fathers of the museum. Kodachrome by Hal Carstens
Walter Abbenseth must be spinning in his grave. You have lost your way.
Would anyone know the history of the ex DL&W MU Trailer Car # 2350 after it was sold by NJ Transit back in mid 1980's.
I took my son here 3 or 4 times when he was in preschool (he's now 18). So many fond memories of Thomas The Tank Engine and Sir Topham Hat! And the exhibits with vintage rail from SoCal are amazing!
Thought you might enjoy the video we shot with Pat Wolvern at the Harvey House Museum on your property: https://youtu.be/-tAqNtUdRTs