The non-profit Southern California Railway Museum has been preserving Southern California’s railway history since 1956. Home to over 200 historic railway cars and locomotives from Los Angeles and the West, the Museums 90-acre site in Perris, California is open to the public every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Explore the West’s largest collection of railway locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban electric cars, buildings, and other artifacts dating from the 1870s. Visit the Fred Harvey Museum in their Archive Facility and learn about the Harvey Girls, the women who helped to “civilize the American Southwest.”
The Museum is one of the premier movie locations in Southern California. Although it’s outside the LA zone, it offers a unique view into Los Angeles transportation from yesteryear. It has the largest collection of rail equipment and artifacts in the western United States. Although the collection focuses on the Southern California region, there are examples of trains and trolleys from all over the USA and the world, including Japan, Ireland, and Canada. There are over 80 acres of property and miles of rails in a variety of settings.