Southern California Railway Museum

Southern California Railway Museum Explore the West’s largest collection of railway locomotives, passenger & freight cars, streetcars, buildings and other artifacts dating from the 1870’s.
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Ride streetcars, interurban electric cars, and trains on the Museum railway. The Southern California 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 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. 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.

Operating as usual

Jingles the Elf wants to make sure all our Little Engineers remember to send in their letters to Santa! Download three d...
12/18/2020

Jingles the Elf wants to make sure all our Little Engineers remember to send in their letters to Santa! Download three different Letter to Santa Templates at https://socalrailway.org/kids-activities/ to help you get started. Merry Christmas!

Southern California Railway Museum's cover photo
12/17/2020

Southern California Railway Museum's cover photo

12/17/2020

Join Ebenezer Scrooge, Mrs. Marley, Jingles the Elf and Mrs. Clause on a special Trolleys, Twinkles and Treats Virtual Tour of the Railway Museum's beautiful nighttime holiday display. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Southern California Railway Museum!

12/10/2020
Lakewood Macaroni Kid

#ThrowbackThursday Jingles up to his usual antics at 2018's Train to Santa's Workshop. 💕😁🎅🎄

We always have a fun time. The kids are always happy. Orange Empire Railway Museum

#WaybackWednesday memories from the 2019 Holiday Season. We can't wait to see you all again soon for more magical times ...
12/09/2020

#WaybackWednesday memories from the 2019 Holiday Season. We can't wait to see you all again soon for more magical times at the Southern California Railway Museum! 💕💕

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 🎅🏼🎄☃️
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Trains depart the Fillmore & Western Railway depot in Fillmore, CA and the Southern California Railway Museum in Perris, CA now thru December 29th!
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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

12/07/2020

Due to the COVID-19 Regional Stay-At-Home Order, the Museum is currently closed.

✨Holiday Magic Photo Contest - post your favorite holiday magic photo for a chance to win a Family Four-Pack of Tickets ...
12/03/2020

✨Holiday Magic Photo Contest - post your favorite holiday magic photo for a chance to win a Family Four-Pack of Tickets to attend Trolleys, Twinkles & Treats on Friday, December 11th! ❄️⛄️

Post your photo with #SCRMTwinkles and tag the Museum @southerncaliforniarailwaymuseum on Facebook (or @socalrailwaymuseum on Instagram) for your chance to win! Our Winner will be chosen on Monday December 7th and announced by Tuesday.

Hint: Train-themed or photos featuring Museum Events might will probably catch our eye, but all Holiday-themed photos are eligible! 😁🚂🚃 ✨.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/794522521099139/ for more information on our Trolleys, Twinkles & Treats Event!

Our track crew volunteers continue with repairs during both nighttime and daytime work sessions #volunteerpower
11/30/2020

Our track crew volunteers continue with repairs during both nighttime and daytime work sessions #volunteerpower

Happy Thanksgiving from Southern California Railway Museum!
11/25/2020

Happy Thanksgiving from Southern California Railway Museum!

11/24/2020

#Tuesdaytrivia The Orange Empire Trolley Museum found a new home on an abandoned railroad right-of-way just outside of rural Perris, California in 1959. Except for a small two-room farmhouse and a rock dugout dating from the 1880s, the site was a lonely, semi-desert field. There was no running water, no indoor plumbing, not much of anything but trolley cars and youthful enthusiasm. The few visitors that found the place thought of it as “the trolley farm.”

#gratitude for our amazing volunteers and donors for making the Buy-a-Tie campaign a success! Here our volunteers utiliz...
11/23/2020

#gratitude for our amazing volunteers and donors for making the Buy-a-Tie campaign a success! Here our volunteers utilize some of the funds raised to complete repairs to the mainline. #volunteerpower

It's STEAM TIME! Join us tomorrow, Sunday November 22nd, as we welcome back our famed steam engine Ventura County Railwa...
11/21/2020

It's STEAM TIME! Join us tomorrow, Sunday November 22nd, as we welcome back our famed steam engine Ventura County Railway No. 2, scheduled to make its first appearance for the 2020-2021 season!

Scheduled for operations this Weekend, Southern Pacific 1474 Alco S-4 Switcher (1952) on Saturday, and Ventura County Ra...
11/19/2020

Scheduled for operations this Weekend, Southern Pacific 1474 Alco S-4 Switcher (1952) on Saturday, and Ventura County Railway No. 2, the Museum’s operating steam engine, on Sunday.

Parking and entry to the grounds and any open exhibitions is free; Weekend Ride Tickets for Trains & Trolleys available at the Museum Box Office or Online. Learn more at https://socalrailway.org/scrm-events/weekend-rides/.

Visit https://socalrailway.org/collections/southern-pacific-railway/ to learn more about the Museum's Southern Pacific Collection.

Visit https://socalrailway.org/collections/ventura-county-railway/ to learn more about Ventura County Railway No. 2.

VC-2 is scheduled for its appearance of the 2020-2021 season this Sunday!
11/19/2020

VC-2 is scheduled for its appearance of the 2020-2021 season this Sunday!

For the safety of our guests, staff and volunteers, Polar Express will not be making a stop at Southern California Railw...
11/18/2020

For the safety of our guests, staff and volunteers, Polar Express will not be making a stop at Southern California Railway Museum this year, but we are excited to share a safe, local drive-through holiday experience.

Get ready for an all-new, one-of-a-kind immersive experience with The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey, all from the safety of your own car!
Southern California Railway Museum Members and Supporters can use our special purchase link below to get an elf-tacular early bird offer AND help support the Railway Museum.

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Tickets in November starting at $16.95 per person - for a limited time only!

11/17/2020

#TuesdayTrivia The Orange Empire Traction Company’s first home was at Travel Town, an already-established display of retired railway equipment in Los Angeles’ @Griffith Park. By 1958, the group had changed their name to the Orange Empire Trolley Museum and had brought 10 pieces of equipment to Travel Town. When the group was informed that the new Ventura Freeway would cut directly through Griffith Park, isolating the site from access to major roadways, they set out to find a new home for their collection.

Thanks to the generous Buy-A-Tie Fundraiser Donors, our Track Crew has been busy! Here one of our crews completes severa...
11/16/2020

Thanks to the generous Buy-A-Tie Fundraiser Donors, our Track Crew has been busy! Here one of our crews completes several tie replacements in the Barn 4 lead during one of September’s “track repair parties.” 🙏 #volunteerpowered #scrm #railfans_of_instagram

Scheduled for operations this weekend, OERM 1956 ALCo RSD-1 Road Switcher (1941). Parking and entry to the grounds and a...
11/12/2020

Scheduled for operations this weekend, OERM 1956 ALCo RSD-1 Road Switcher (1941).

Parking and entry to the grounds and any open exhibitions is free; Weekend Ride Tickets for Trains & Trolleys available at the Museum Box Office or Online. Learn more at https://socalrailway.org/scrm-events/weekend-rides/.

Come out this Second Saturday to see some special cars on display on Broadway for one day only - LARy 1201 with attached...
11/12/2020

Come out this Second Saturday to see some special cars on display on Broadway for one day only - LARy 1201 with attached Descanso, LARy525, LARy 3001, LARy9225 and LARy 9350.
#losangeles #railway #history

11/10/2020

#Tuesdaytrivia Did you know the origins of the Southern California Railway Museum actually come from a group of enthusiasts known as the Electric Railway Historical Association of Southern California? This group formed an Equipment Committee to preserve some of the Los Angeles trolleys for future generations. In 1956, this group formed the Orange Empire Traction Company and set up shop at Travel Town, an already-established display of retired railway equipment in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park, before moving to Perris.

Did you know the SCRM Diesel Shop publishes regular Diesel Service Reports, posted to the SCRM Blogs & Updates page at h...
11/09/2020
AT&SF 560 Fairbanks Morse H12-44 Refurbishment Project Update | Southern California Railway Museum

Did you know the SCRM Diesel Shop publishes regular Diesel Service Reports, posted to the SCRM Blogs & Updates page at https://socalrailway.org/newsroom/?

Take a look at their recent Refurbishment Project Update for the AT&SF 560 Fairbanks Morse H12-44.

https://socalrailway.org/560-refurbishment-update/

AT&SF 560 Fairbanks Morse H12-44 Refurbishment Project Update For the past few months, a great deal of effort has gone into determining if SF560 was economically restorable. The main issue...

Thanks to our generous Buy-A-Tie donors our Track Crew has been busy! August 2020: The Track Gang completed 200 feet of ...
11/09/2020

Thanks to our generous Buy-A-Tie donors our Track Crew has been busy! August 2020: The Track Gang completed 200 feet of track construction on Track 1 of the new Yard, just east of Car Barn 7.
In picture one, volunteers have said the west rail on the timber ties and prepare to spike the new rail onto the ties and gauge the track. In picture to, the crew continues on the progress made during the previous night by laying out ties and rail. #volunteerpowered #railway #railfans_of_instagram #perris #scrm

Scheduled for operations this weekend, Union Pacific 942 EMD E-8A Locomotive (1953).Parking and entry to the grounds and...
11/05/2020

Scheduled for operations this weekend, Union Pacific 942 EMD E-8A Locomotive (1953).

Parking and entry to the grounds and any open exhibitions is free; Weekend Ride Tickets for Trains & Trolleys available at the Museum Box Office or Online. Learn more at https://socalrailway.org/scrm-events/weekend-rides/.

Visit https://socalrailway.org/collections/union-pacific/ to learn more about this locomotive.

Visit https://socalrailway.org/collections/union-pacific/union-pacific-roster/ to view the Museum's Union Pacific Collection Roster.

Comment to vote on your favorite Chalk Art masterpieces from the Halloween Contest at SCRM (two posts) - our winner will...
11/04/2020

Comment to vote on your favorite Chalk Art masterpieces from the Halloween Contest at SCRM (two posts) - our winner will be announced Saturday.
#halloween2020 #art #contest

Comment to vote on your favorite Chalk Art masterpieces from the Halloween Contest at SCRM (two posts) - our winner will...
11/04/2020

Comment to vote on your favorite Chalk Art masterpieces from the Halloween Contest at SCRM (two posts) - our winner will be announced Saturday.
#halloween2020 #art #contest

Carhouse Two
11/03/2020

Carhouse Two

Thanks to an extremely generous donation by the Val Verde Unified School District Police Department we are excited to an...
10/30/2020

Thanks to an extremely generous donation by the Val Verde Unified School District Police Department we are excited to announce a brand new special activity for tomorrow's Halloween @ SCRM experience!

Ghost Hunter - Find a hidden lollipop ghost somewhere around the Museum, show your find at the Museum Store and claim your candy prize bag!

Lolli-pop ghosts will be replaced throughout the day for many chances to win - please limit one per guest.

10/30/2020
Tales from the Rails - Ghost hunt #3

The Paranormal Researchers are back one last time with our volunteers to check out activity on Barn 7 and Ward Kimball's Coach 5 in Grizzly Flats.

Scheduled for operations this Halloween weekend, Southern Pacific 1474 Alco S-4 Switcher (1952) complete with the black ...
10/29/2020

Scheduled for operations this Halloween weekend, Southern Pacific 1474 Alco S-4 Switcher (1952) complete with the black and orange paint job.

Parking and entry to the grounds and any open exhibitions is free; Weekend Ride Tickets for Trains & Trolleys available at the Museum Box Office or Online. Learn more at https://socalrailway.org/scrm-events/weekend-rides/.

Visit https://socalrailway.org/collections/southern-pacific-railway/ to learn more about the Museum's Southern Pacific Collection.

Scheduled for operations this Labor Day Weekend - Saturday, Sunday & Monday - OERM 1956 ALCo RSD-1 Road Switcher (1941)....
09/03/2020

Scheduled for operations this Labor Day Weekend - Saturday, Sunday & Monday - OERM 1956 ALCo RSD-1 Road Switcher (1941).

Early equipment operating hours apply for the rest of the summer - come early and beat the heat! Parking and entry to the grounds and any open exhibitions is free; Tickets to ride Trains & Trolleys and related information available at https://socalrailway.org/scrm-events/weekend-rides/.

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

+19519433020

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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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Well, this is a *tiny* bit outside of Southern California, but I ran across this video of the last "Forest Railroad" (logging railroad) in Japan - a beautiful 2' 6" narrow gauge which is now a combination railroad and hiking trail. Most interestingly, this video is almost exactly the sum total of *all* information on it I can find - heck, I can just barely make out some of the bridges on Google Maps!
VCRR #2 train crew ready to grab train orders at Oil Junction in the early 1980's
Over half-way to their goal!! A great way to support one this historic outdoor museum. Join me in support and Buy a Tie today.
Feel free to delete this post. I notice you hold antique truck shows. I am trying to identify a truck. It was restored by a friend of mine. It is believed to be a 1919 Karavan logging truck out of Oregon. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
My Uncle, John Downhower, sorted mail on the Santa Fe between Los Angeles and Albuquerque
Will the museum be open this weekend?
A Succulent in a Garden at the Museum
George Geyer passed away yesterday. RIP
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