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Railroads of California Railroads of California Established in 1982, CTRC, the California Trolley and Railroad Corporation, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Trolley Barn Location
History Park at Kelley Park
635 Phelan Ave
San Jose, California 95112

The California Trolley and Railroad Corporation hours of operation are generally Saturdays and Sundays between 11:30 am and 3:30 pm (fair weather only) and service does not run on a set schedule.

Trolley rides are by donation and entrance to the park is free or subject to special event day fees. Typically only one trolley will be in operation. The 1912 "California Car" #124, built by the American Car Company in St. Louis, Missouri for the San Jose Railroad or the 1922 Birney Safety Car #143, built by the St. Louis Car Co. The Trolley Barn is often open for visitors most weekends from 11 am to 4 pm. Inside there are interactive displays, numerous restored vehicles such as the 1927 Kleiber Oil Truck, 1863 San Francisco Horse Drawn Street Car #7, "Little Buttercup" a 1899 Baldwin Locomotive Works steam engine and a 1916 Detroit Electric Touring Car. Also on display outside on the park grounds are a 1921 Port Huron Traction Engine and Southern Pacific Railroad's 0-6-0 steam locomotive #1215 built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1913. Since 1989, volunteers have been restoring the Southern Pacific 2479. Work continues at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose, California. Its future home will be the San Jose Railroad Museum, which is currently looking for a location.

Operating as usual


In 1948 the Santa Fe rebuilt a locomotive for operation at the Chicago Railway Fair. The saddle tank was removed and a tender was added. To complete its new appearance, the locomotive received a large smokestack, headlight, bell, and a colorful paint scheme. It was named Little Buttercup after an early Santa Fe 4-4-0 steam locomotive from the 1880s.


635 Phelan Ave
San Jose, CA


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