South Bay Historical Railroad Society, Inc.

South Bay Historical Railroad Society, Inc. The SBHRS maintains a full museum and 2 operating model railroad displays in the old Southern Pacific Santa Clara Freight Depot (Newhall Yard).

Hours and Admission:
We are open to the public Tuesday evenings from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission is free.

Operating as usual

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1005 Railroad Ave
Santa Clara, CA

General information

SBHRS is located in the historic Santa Clara (Caltrain) Depot in Santa Clara, California built in 1863. SBHRS was incorporated in 1985 to preserve the local area railroad heritage while running a working museum to benefit the community. Our members are volunteers and work on the renovation and preservation of the Santa Clara Railroad Depot, the Santa Clara Tower and the two maintenance-of-way buildings. A large and varied collection of historic railroad artifacts are on display in the Edward Peterman Museum of Railroad History located in the Depot. Within the Depot are two operational HO and N scale model railroad layout displays depicting various railroad eras and operations venues.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 5pm - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 3pm


(408) 243-3969



Santa Clara Depot and Tower complex, railroad museum and library. Two operational HO and N scale model railroad displays.


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Member Chris Ewing left his iPad (it has a bright red cover) in the board room on Sunday 5/23 after his train room attendant shift. Please let us know if you have seen it. Thank you.
Dear fellow members. Please give my radio station a listen. Please note my web page features a daylight train and also my model of San Francisco on my layout.
Is anybody interested in a brand new Buchanan 5 amp power booster.i will sell it for whatever you offer just because i dont have any model trains and would like somebody who does to use it.Thank you, Jeremy Mathis 408- 398-8114
Shot from Santa Clara Tower and College Park
How often do freights come through Santa Clara and when is a good time to be there to catch some?
The spring Open House has started out busy. Come on down and check it out!