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Orange Empire Railway Museum

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Address: 2201 South "A" Street, Perris, CA 92572-0548
Phone Number: 951-943-3020
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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This is a very nice open air railroad museum. I was impressed with the variety of equipment that was available to view. The staff, I assume all volunteers, were very friendly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 6, 2015
Riverside, California
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Fullerton, California
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82 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took our son to the Day Out With Thomas. At first I was a bit hesitant on the price of the tickets and what would actually be there, well enough to make a whole day out of it. I was surprised at how much more than just the train ticket was there to experience. Our son's highlight was taking... More 

Thank Andre2411
Anaheim, California
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great experience! I don't think I've ever been anywhere where everyone seemed so enthusiastic and genuinely happy to be there. And not in that theme park 'part of the show' kind of way...it came across as absolutely real and genuine. We started the morning by boarding one of the streetcars that runs in the loop around the complex.... More 

Thank C_Cali14
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41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

This museum is primarily dedicated to Streetcars, however there are also a steam engine and a diesel that pull a short passenger train using Streamliner Coach cars from the Union Pacific. Street cars come in all shapes and sizes and there at least 5 running most of the time. A Street car set from San Francisco Muni is always running... More 

Thank robert l
Riverside, California
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782 reviews
239 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

This is a very nice open air railroad museum. I was impressed with the variety of equipment that was available to view. The staff, I assume all volunteers, were very friendly and interacted well with guests. Children were particularly well treated. Fares are charged for "rides." Most days are free admission, but some events require a fee.

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Indio, California
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280 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Got there when they opened 9AM. on a Saturday.The place is huge and a lot to see. Many rail cars and buildings in the open which were good. The big Engine and Rail Car House Barns were closed as were many other attractions. We were told that they would be open but they had no people to do it. They... More 

Thank Jim K
Escondido, California
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153 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

what a great place for all ages of kids. real trains you can touch and see. I was invited into the cabin of hte engine and drove it 1 1/2 miels each way, the guy loved to do this for us older kids. free admission, go and don't hurry, take a lunch and eat in the yard under the trees.... More 

Thank mike m
New York, KY
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17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Our sole goal was to operate a locomotive. We didn't spend much time with the static displays. Many places allow you to ride in the cab, but at Orange Empire you can take the controls. There wasn't a whole lot of track to run on, but there is something special about having 2500 HP at the other end of the... More 

Thank Brett C
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35 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Great way to send the afternoon with family. We rode on the two trains that they had running and got to see some of the old street cars that they have from all over the United States. It is not too expensive and the kids will enjoy it or any train lover.

Thank cna2209
Lomita, California
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98 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This is really a great place to learn and ride the rail history of Southern California. To ride the train and trolley cars you need to go on the weekend and try to plan on a weekend they are having a special event, Go to their website to look up events at www.oerm.org. We were there for the Rods and... More 

Thank Clay G
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Pay admission at gift shop. You can't freely roam the grounds - you have to be part of a group to tour the facility, led by a knowledgable and enthusiastic (well, ours was) guide. Lots of old Pacific Electric equipment, along with some cars and locomotives from the railroads that have served the LA basin over the years. Worth a... More 

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