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 transport

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 transport

Operating as usual

07/26/2021
Harvey Girls | Southern California Railway Museum

Have you been to our Fred Harvey Museum? Fred Harvey is credited with operating America’s first “chain” restaurant, and we have an entire Museum on our grounds dedicated to Harvey and his world-famous Harvey Girls! These young women, between the ages of 18 and 30 were paid generously for the time, and helped usher in a new era that “civilized the Wild West.”

The Fred Harvey Museum will be OPEN this Saturday, July 31st for the Meet the Museum event from 4:00p to 8:00p.

https://socalrailway.org/harvey-girls/

In the mid 1800’s, Fred Harvey, a businessman and entrepreneur, opened a chain of restaurants alongside the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. These restaurants were staffed by single, intelligent women, 18-30 years of age, with “good character.” These women came to be known as the Harvey ...

07/23/2021
🌞🌻 Summer Flowers at the Museum 🌻🌞pc: @bryanwattsvideos
07/19/2021

🌞🌻 Summer Flowers at the Museum 🌻🌞

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ALL ABOARD! Scheduled for operations this Saturday, July 17th for our Summer Evening Departures - Southern Pacific 1006 ...
07/15/2021

ALL ABOARD! Scheduled for operations this Saturday, July 17th for our Summer Evening Departures - Southern Pacific 1006 EMC SW-1 Switcher (1939).

July Saturday Evening Departure Schedule
(July 3rd, 17th, & 31s only*):

Mainline Train: 4:00PM, 5:00PM, 6:00PM, 7:00PM, 8:00PM
Loop line Trolley: On demand, 4:00PM-8:15PM

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.

* Please note that trains & trolleys will ONLY be operating in the evening on July 3rd, 17th, and 31st with no daytime departures available on these dates.

ALL ABOARD! Scheduled for operations this Saturday, July 17th for our Summer Evening Departures - Southern Pacific 1006 EMC SW-1 Switcher (1939).

July Saturday Evening Departure Schedule
(July 3rd, 17th, & 31s only*):

Mainline Train: 4:00PM, 5:00PM, 6:00PM, 7:00PM, 8:00PM
Loop line Trolley: On demand, 4:00PM-8:15PM

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.

* Please note that trains & trolleys will ONLY be operating in the evening on July 3rd, 17th, and 31st with no daytime departures available on these dates.

Congratulations to @trspraypaint for winning our Second Saturday #SCRMHuntforSheldon challenge! A goodie bag of SCRM sou...
07/13/2021

Congratulations to @trspraypaint for winning our Second Saturday #SCRMHuntforSheldon challenge! A goodie bag of SCRM souvenirs is heading your way!

Congratulations to @trspraypaint for winning our Second Saturday #SCRMHuntforSheldon challenge! A goodie bag of SCRM souvenirs is heading your way!

Without our members, our rails couldn’t run. With their generous support, we are able to maintain our collection, helpin...
07/11/2021

Without our members, our rails couldn’t run. With their generous support, we are able to maintain our collection, helping to preserve the history of the railroad in Southern California.

We offer three tiers of membership, beginning at $40 annually. With each tier, you’ll receive our newsletter, discounts on hard-cover books at the Gift Shop, and free unlimited weekend train rides (special events excluded).

https://socalrailway.org/join/

Without our members, our rails couldn’t run. With their generous support, we are able to maintain our collection, helping to preserve the history of the railroad in Southern California.

We offer three tiers of membership, beginning at $40 annually. With each tier, you’ll receive our newsletter, discounts on hard-cover books at the Gift Shop, and free unlimited weekend train rides (special events excluded).

https://socalrailway.org/join/

Come out today and visit us for Second Saturday - in addition to weekend rides we have extra activities & chances to win...
07/10/2021

Come out today and visit us for Second Saturday - in addition to weekend rides we have extra activities & chances to win special prizes, including our photo contest. Explore the grounds and you might discover something new. ☺️

Parking, Entry to the Museum Grounds and any open Exhibits, and Event & Contest participation are FREE.

Learn more online:
https://socalrailway.org/scrm-events/second-saturdays/

Come out today and visit us for Second Saturday - in addition to weekend rides we have extra activities & chances to win special prizes, including our photo contest. Explore the grounds and you might discover something new. ☺️

Parking, Entry to the Museum Grounds and any open Exhibits, and Event & Contest participation are FREE.

Learn more online:
https://socalrailway.org/scrm-events/second-saturdays/

Join us for our Second Saturday tomorrow,  July 10th, for some train and trolley rides! As something special for our Sec...
07/09/2021

Join us for our Second Saturday tomorrow, July 10th, for some train and trolley rides!

As something special for our Second Saturday OERM 1956 will be operating tomorrow at 9am, 10am, 11am, and 12pm tomorrow - don't miss out!

Our Loopline Trolley will be operating between 9am-12:30pm as scheduled.

Please visit our website for ticket information - we look forward to seeing you!
https://socalrailway.org/scrm-events/second-saturdays/

Join us for our Second Saturday tomorrow, July 10th, for some train and trolley rides!

As something special for our Second Saturday OERM 1956 will be operating tomorrow at 9am, 10am, 11am, and 12pm tomorrow - don't miss out!

Our Loopline Trolley will be operating between 9am-12:30pm as scheduled.

Please visit our website for ticket information - we look forward to seeing you!
https://socalrailway.org/scrm-events/second-saturdays/

07/07/2021

#waybackwednesday This is one of our very first Facebook posts, from back when we had just cracked the 100 followers mark, but the sentiment still stands!

Don't forget to come out and visit us!
We are a volunteer-run organization and we need your help!

A huge thanks to our current and former members and volunteers - we wouldn't be here without YOU 🙏.

#volunteerpower💪

Weekends and Weekend Rides are always fun at the Southern California Railway Museum, but Second Saturdays bring extra ac...
07/06/2021

Weekends and Weekend Rides are always fun at the Southern California Railway Museum, but Second Saturdays bring extra activities and chances to win special prizes!

Visit this Saturday, July 10th for Second Saturday; Parking, Entry to the Museum Grounds and any open Exhibits, and Event & Contest participation are FREE.

Learn more online:
https://socalrailway.org/scrm-events/second-saturdays/

Weekends and Weekend Rides are always fun at the Southern California Railway Museum, but Second Saturdays bring extra activities and chances to win special prizes!

Visit this Saturday, July 10th for Second Saturday; Parking, Entry to the Museum Grounds and any open Exhibits, and Event & Contest participation are FREE.

Learn more online:
https://socalrailway.org/scrm-events/second-saturdays/

Happy Birthday America! Today is the 245th anniversary of the founding of America, and we’ll be open to help you celebra...
07/04/2021

Happy Birthday America! Today is the 245th anniversary of the founding of America, and we’ll be open to help you celebrate! Stop by and walk the grounds, or enjoy a picnic in one of our parks!

Happy Birthday America! Today is the 245th anniversary of the founding of America, and we’ll be open to help you celebrate! Stop by and walk the grounds, or enjoy a picnic in one of our parks!

ATTENTION: This evening our Mainline Trolley, Pacific Electric 418, was damaged and needs to undergo immediate repair. I...
07/04/2021

ATTENTION: This evening our Mainline Trolley, Pacific Electric 418, was damaged and needs to undergo immediate repair. It will be out of service until July 17th. Until then our operation schedule will consist of our Loopline Trolley only which will run on demand between 9am-12:30pm.

Tomorrow, as well as Saturday and Sunday (July 10th-11th) Car Barn 1, our Los Angeles Railway and Trolley Collection, and Grizzly Flats, our Narrow Gauge Collection, will be open to the public between 9am-5pm.

As always the Museum and its open exhibits are free to enter.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the repair of our Mainline Trolley, Pacific Electric 418, and our staff and volunteers are working diligently to get it back on track as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

ATTENTION: This evening our Mainline Trolley, Pacific Electric 418, was damaged and needs to undergo immediate repair. It will be out of service until July 17th. Until then our operation schedule will consist of our Loopline Trolley only which will run on demand between 9am-12:30pm.

Tomorrow, as well as Saturday and Sunday (July 10th-11th) Car Barn 1, our Los Angeles Railway and Trolley Collection, and Grizzly Flats, our Narrow Gauge Collection, will be open to the public between 9am-5pm.

As always the Museum and its open exhibits are free to enter.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the repair of our Mainline Trolley, Pacific Electric 418, and our staff and volunteers are working diligently to get it back on track as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

DON'T FORGET - Tonight Southern California Railway Museum has special Evening Train and Trolley rides!July Summer Saturd...
07/03/2021

DON'T FORGET - Tonight Southern California Railway Museum has special Evening Train and Trolley rides!

July Summer Saturday Evening Departures (TODAYJuly 3rd, 17th, & 31st*):
- Mainline Train: 4:00PM, 5:00PM, 6:00PM, 7:00PM, 8:00PM
- Mainline Electric: 4:30PM, 5:30PM, 6:30PM, 7:30PM, 8:30PM
- Loop line Trolley: On demand, 4:00PM-8:15PM

* Please note that trains & trolleys will ONLY be operating in the evening on July 3rd, 17th, and 31st with no daytime departures available on these dates.

Learn more and get tickets online:
https://socalrailway.org/scrm-events/weekend-rides/

DON'T FORGET - Tonight Southern California Railway Museum has special Evening Train and Trolley rides!

July Summer Saturday Evening Departures (TODAYJuly 3rd, 17th, & 31st*):
- Mainline Train: 4:00PM, 5:00PM, 6:00PM, 7:00PM, 8:00PM
- Mainline Electric: 4:30PM, 5:30PM, 6:30PM, 7:30PM, 8:30PM
- Loop line Trolley: On demand, 4:00PM-8:15PM

* Please note that trains & trolleys will ONLY be operating in the evening on July 3rd, 17th, and 31st with no daytime departures available on these dates.

Learn more and get tickets online:
https://socalrailway.org/scrm-events/weekend-rides/

The Museum is OPEN this weekend, including Sunday the 4th of July! Bring a picnic to enjoy in Holstrom Park - Admission ...
07/02/2021

The Museum is OPEN this weekend, including Sunday the 4th of July! Bring a picnic to enjoy in Holstrom Park - Admission to the grounds and open exhibits is free. Car Barn 1 is now open to the General Public Weekends and during Events! Car Barns 2, 4, and 6 (Grizzly Flats) will be open depending on volunteer availability.

Summer Evening Departure Schedule for Saturday
Summer Early Departure Schedule for Sunday

Visit https://socalrailway.org/scrm-events/weekend-rides/ for information on Weekend Rides, departure times and Tickets.

The Museum is OPEN this weekend, including Sunday the 4th of July! Bring a picnic to enjoy in Holstrom Park - Admission to the grounds and open exhibits is free. Car Barn 1 is now open to the General Public Weekends and during Events! Car Barns 2, 4, and 6 (Grizzly Flats) will be open depending on volunteer availability.

Summer Evening Departure Schedule for Saturday
Summer Early Departure Schedule for Sunday

Visit https://socalrailway.org/scrm-events/weekend-rides/ for information on Weekend Rides, departure times and Tickets.

Southern California Railway Museum has something special planned for our July Summer Departure Schedule -  Evening Train...
07/01/2021

Southern California Railway Museum has something special planned for our July Summer Departure Schedule - Evening Train and Trolley rides every other Saturday!

July Summer Saturday Evening Departures (THIS SATURDAY July 3rd, 17th, & 31st*):

- Mainline Train: 4:00PM, 5:00PM, 6:00PM, 7:00PM, 8:00PM
- Mainline Electric: 4:30PM, 5:30PM, 6:30PM, 7:30PM, 8:30PM
- Loop line Trolley: On demand, 4:00PM-8:15PM

July Summer Early Schedule Departure Times (July 4th, 10th, 11th, 18th, 24th, 25th**):

- Mainline Electric: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30
- Loop line Trolley: On demand, 9:00-12:30

* Please note that trains & trolleys will ONLY be operating in the evening on July 3rd, 17th, and 31st with no daytime departures available on these dates.

** Please note that trains & trolleys will ONLY be operating in the daytime on July 4th, 10th, 11th, 18th, 24th, 25th with no evening departures available on these dates.

Learn more and get tickets online:
https://socalrailway.org/scrm-events/weekend-rides/

The SCRM Track Gang replaces switch ties near the north end of the campus at Oil Junction. pc: Volunteer Kerry Chen. #vo...
06/30/2021

The SCRM Track Gang replaces switch ties near the north end of the campus at Oil Junction.
pc: Volunteer Kerry Chen. #volunteerpower 🚂💪

Thank you volunteers!

06/25/2021

Young #volunteers working the push cart. 💪

06/25/2021

Our #Volunteers keep the Museum running, on the rails and off.
@bryanwattsvideos

See you this weekend for Weekend Rides on our Summer Departure Schedule, and the newly reopened Car Barn 1!Visit early i...
06/25/2021

See you this weekend for Weekend Rides on our Summer Departure Schedule, and the newly reopened Car Barn 1!

Visit early in the day this weekend and STAY COOL 😎.

June Summer Schedule Departure Times:
- Mainline Electric: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30
- Loop line Trolley: On demand, 9:00-12:30

Visit https://socalrailway.org/scrm-events/weekend-rides/ for info and weekend ride tickets.
**Please note that mainline trains may not be operating in June**

Car Barn 1 is now open to the General Public Weekends and during Events! Car Barns 2, 4, and 6 (Grizzly Flats) will be open depending on volunteer availability.

See you this weekend for Weekend Rides on our Summer Departure Schedule, and the newly reopened Car Barn 1!

Visit early in the day this weekend and STAY COOL 😎.

June Summer Schedule Departure Times:
- Mainline Electric: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30
- Loop line Trolley: On demand, 9:00-12:30

Visit https://socalrailway.org/scrm-events/weekend-rides/ for info and weekend ride tickets.
**Please note that mainline trains may not be operating in June**

Car Barn 1 is now open to the General Public Weekends and during Events! Car Barns 2, 4, and 6 (Grizzly Flats) will be open depending on volunteer availability.

Stop by and see us at the Perris Farmers Market this Saturday from 8am-2pm! Downtown Perris at the American Legion - 600...
06/24/2021

Stop by and see us at the Perris Farmers Market this Saturday from 8am-2pm! Downtown Perris at the American Legion - 600 D St.

We’ll have a booth with information about the museum events, volunteering, and sponsorship. There will be crayons and coloring pages (while supplies last), and toddlers can take a quick ride town the Thomas roller coaster toy.

We'll also be holding a Raffle for a Family-4 pack of Weekend Train Rides, a Cab Ride, and a a Pack of Caboose Rides.

Hope to see you there!

Stop by and see us at the Perris Farmers Market this Saturday from 8am-2pm! Downtown Perris at the American Legion - 600 D St.

We’ll have a booth with information about the museum events, volunteering, and sponsorship. There will be crayons and coloring pages (while supplies last), and toddlers can take a quick ride town the Thomas roller coaster toy.

We'll also be holding a Raffle for a Family-4 pack of Weekend Train Rides, a Cab Ride, and a a Pack of Caboose Rides.

Hope to see you there!

Have you been to our Gift Shop lately? We have a various selection of books, toys, DVDs, collectibles and more. Admissio...
06/23/2021

Have you been to our Gift Shop lately? We have a various selection of books, toys, DVDs, collectibles and more.

Admission to the museum grounds is free. Stop by our Gift Shop today! Members receive a special 10% discount on hard cover books.

Have you been to our Gift Shop lately? We have a various selection of books, toys, DVDs, collectibles and more.

Admission to the museum grounds is free. Stop by our Gift Shop today! Members receive a special 10% discount on hard cover books.

Do you love trains? Do you want a chance to get up close and personal with some of our collection? Volunteer members are...
06/22/2021

Do you love trains? Do you want a chance to get up close and personal with some of our collection?

Volunteer members are essential to the Museum’s success. They operate our trains and trolleys, do much of our collection restoration and maintenance, and maintain and improve our grounds and buildings.

https://socalrailway.org/volunteer/

Do you love trains? Do you want a chance to get up close and personal with some of our collection?

Volunteer members are essential to the Museum’s success. They operate our trains and trolleys, do much of our collection restoration and maintenance, and maintain and improve our grounds and buildings.

https://socalrailway.org/volunteer/

From our family to yours, Southern California Railway Museum wants to wish all dads a Happy Father’s Day! The museum is ...
06/20/2021

From our family to yours, Southern California Railway Museum wants to wish all dads a Happy Father’s Day!

The museum is open today, and hosting the 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit from 9am-4pm.

General Public Tickets $25 Adult (12 & older), $10 Children (ages 5-12). Children under 5 Free. Parking, Museum and Event Access, and Train and Trolley Rides included with ticket purchase.

Admission is free for first responders, current and veteran service members.

From our family to yours, Southern California Railway Museum wants to wish all dads a Happy Father’s Day!

The museum is open today, and hosting the 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit from 9am-4pm.

General Public Tickets $25 Adult (12 & older), $10 Children (ages 5-12). Children under 5 Free. Parking, Museum and Event Access, and Train and Trolley Rides included with ticket purchase.

Admission is free for first responders, current and veteran service members.

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 Story of the Railways of the West

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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Visited couple weeks ago with the wife for the first time, took a few black & white old-school film pics and developed in our darkroom at home. Met the fantastic people who work there; thank you for your hospitality, we will be back soon.
And the models with lanterns/props were the icing on the cake for our after hours photo shoot!
A special thanks goes to the staff/volunteers who helped make this special after hours photography event the awesome experience it was!
The "behind the scenes" night photo shoot was a dream come true!
Saturday night's photo event was nothing short of phenomenal!
Is Thomas the train coming back soon?
Does anyone know a place or someone who can help test my 3 inch diameter whistles on steam by any chance? I live in Southern California Los Angeles. Thanks.
Photogallery of Ukrainian Towns https://uaphototowns.ucoz.net/index_en.html
Alamosa, CO 2020 Sounds like this ex-SP homemade dome is up for sale!
Hello. I'm a member as well at the railroad museum but am not too familiar with the many other members. I want to put up the 15 foot railroad crossing in my yard but need help finding anchor bolts to hold up the crossing. I want to pour concrete into a 2 1/2 foot deep hole with four- 3/4 inch thick 2 1/2 foot long galvanized anchor rods with washers and nuts. The correct size and material bolts are whats hard to find but please if anyone at the museum can help that would be great.
It is about time you start opening back up one of the most popular Museums West Of the Mississippi.
Are you going to have the swap meet in march 2021?