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Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

Campo Depot, 31123-1/2 Highway 94, Campo, CA 91906
(619) 478-9937
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Campo
Type: History Museums
Activities: Group tours/train
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This train museum runs a vintage border train from Campo to Tecate, Mexico. The total trip is about 70 rail miles to and from Campo. The experience... more » Owner description: This train museum runs a vintage border train from Campo to Tecate, Mexico. The total trip is about 70 rail miles to and from Campo. The experience offers open vistas, secluded valleys and spectacular views. « less
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Chula Vista, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
14 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

The ride lasts about 2hours, passing through the mountainous countryside all the way to the actual Mexican border. There is hope for a joint continuation of the route into Mexico one day again. It depends on Mexico's meeting some agreements and refurbishing a section of track. The staff is all volunteer and they study, pass tests, certify for service, and... More

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Palm Springs
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111 reviews 111 reviews
40 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

I enjoyed the ride on the train to the tunnel on the border. It's slow with pleasant scenery. The children on the train were all having a great time. The depot/museum seems a bit remote. I drove there from Palm Springs (about 2 1/2 hours). I is probably much shorter trip from San Diego. If you love trains, it's worth... More

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Escondido, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

The museum and the trains are located out in the lovely countryside of Campo.The area looks like a painting right out of the old west.The area is rolling hills of desert.The museum contains many unrestored trains and locomotives, outside,and several restored ones,in a large indoor building.The train ride itself takes you,via a 1942 diesel locomotive,from Campo to the Mexican border... More

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Buena Park, California
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80 reviews 80 reviews
49 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

I love trains and wanted to do something special. This trip was great! You board the train in Campo CA and ride through the hills along the border traveling through tunnels and over bridges. You have many type rail cars to choose from open air to covered. Many many views to enjoy.. You arrive in Tecate Mexico where you get... More

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San Diego, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

The Pacific Southwest Rail Museum area is comprised of a train depot with a few restored train jewels, and many a wrecked trains just outside of the building. It also has a charming little shop where you purchase (or pickup) your museum tickets. I bought tickets for the cabin and rode next to the conductor and the engineer -- had... More

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San Diego, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

The all-volunteer staff was extremely friendly, helpful, and informative. They answered all my questions as if they'd never heard them before. I learned a lot about trains of various eras while waiting to board. The trip itself was slow and relaxing, winding through the mountains past a few farms and homesteads. The sounds of the train squealing and chugging made... More

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Plano, TX
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

This is located about 1 hour east of San Diego. We did it when the weather was moderate, but I wouldn't want to do it in the heat of the summer. It was a nice museum all run be volunteers who are really dedicated to it. My husband loves trains and has always wanted to ride in the cab of... More

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Concord, CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

Really enjoyed my visit, but I would only go if the train is running. There are a few trains on display in a building that is nice, and a bunch of trains outside that seem to be waiting renovation. All nice to see but I wouldn't make the trip just to see them. The train ride is pretty short and... More

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