Orange Empire Railway Museum

Orange Empire Railway Museum, Perris: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Orange Empire Railway Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Orange Empire Railway Museum

Orange Empire Railway Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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dnaleciz
Moreno Valley, CA190 contributions
Super interesting Train Museum
Sep 2020
Located at the far end of Perris, California one will find the Orange Empire Railway Museum (Aka: Southern California Railway Museum) This is the largest train museum and education center of its kind west of The Mississippi River. The museum features lots of passenger and freight cars, steam and diesel-powered locomotives, street cars, exhibits, historic buildings, train maintenance shops, demonstration for different railway lines. Facility is staffed by a large group of volunteers who are willing to answer your questions. If your interested in any aspects of trains, this is the perfect museum to visit. This 16-acre facility has approximately 200 different examples of rolling stock on display ranging from old steam engines to modern coaches. Fascinating display. Spent several hours wandering around looking at these old trains and associated train related paraphernalia items. If your interested in taking a ride on the 1940s streetcar or the operating train, there is a charge of $6.00 per person. Well worth it. During certain times of the year, this facility has special events, such as the Bunny Train (Easter), Polar Express (Christmas), Thomas Train and Pumpkin Patch Express (Halloween). Be sure to bring your camera as you will find a plethora of excellent photo opportunities. The facility has a small gift shop stocked with train related items for sale. Shops, restrooms and ground are clean and mandatory State Corona Virus restrictions are in forced. Masks and social distancing are always required while in the complex. Parking and admission to the museum complex is free. Be advised this facility is not easy to find. Attempted to follow street signs only resulted in getting me lost. Be sure you have directions, prior to heading off to this excellent museum. This museum is a must visit for all train enthusiasts.
Written October 1, 2020
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imub4ur
180 contributions
Nice place
Sep 2020
My wife surprised me with a trip here on toy train swap meet day. It was hot. I rode the trains, the little L.A. trolley from 1921 was my favorite. All the buildings were closed unless a docent was there and I didn't see a docent. Probably more interesting during special events. The steam engine runs every third weekend from October to May.
Written September 27, 2020
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waynefromcali
Yucaipa, CA2,983 contributions
Orange Empire Railway Museum Is Terrific!
May 2020 • Family
Southern California Railway Museum located in Perris,California is the largest train,rail car museum and education center of its kind west of The Mississippi!
The family friendly museum features lots of great rail cars,engines,street cars,exhibits,historic buildings,train shops,demonstration railway lines and lots of train staff to answer all your questions.
Theres loads of picture opportunities so do bring your digital or vintage film camera,mobile phone or pad-and be sure its charged up theres lots of great photo ops here !
They have picnic tables so you can enjoy a bring along beverage,snack or sandwich- the gift shop does offer cold drinks,hot drinks,snacks and ice cream along with books,clothing and gifts all train and SCRM related!
They also keep all the areas and bathrooms super clean and are CDC compliant for optimum health and safety standards!
They will take your digital temperature upon entering for everyones safety!
The admission and parking to this great location is absolutely free-amazing!
If you wish to take an actual on board ride on both the operating train and vintage (1940's) street car its only $6.00.
Its a great place to have a great,outdoor educational visit if you love trains or for a new adventure !
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Written May 30, 2020
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Thomas P
Corona, United States20 contributions
Amazing interpretation of the Polar Express
Dec 2019
This place is not much to look at when we got there, it was dark and there wasn't anything else going on. Once the "Show" starts, it's another story. The conductor comes out with his lantern and tells everybody to get on board. It's just incredible how he mimicks the movie. Once on board your car, which is totally decked out in festive garland and wrapped packages in the overhead storage, the magic begins. We happened to sit about a third of the way towards the front of the car, and, as far as I'm concerned that was the place to be. The characters work both ends of the car so it might not matter.
If you have a five to ten year old this is a must. My six year old granddaughter was just flying after the trip, and asked Granma if we could go again next year. My twelve year old granddaughter was pretty excited too.
We will be going back next year and make sure that you make your reservations early.
Written January 4, 2020
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Steven
Pasadena, CA67 contributions
Thomas Train Event
Nov 2019 • Family
Would definitely recommend this location for the a Thomas Train Event. Very organized, friendly staff/volunteers, good food, price included - Thomas Train ride, petting zoo, bounce houses, mini model train displays, temporary tattoos.
Written November 3, 2019
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Stuart C
Rayleigh, UK2,955 contributions
Pumpkin Patch Express
Oct 2019 • Family
There is plenty of the parking at the museum and at the entrance our tickets were exchanged for vouchers for the train and food. The experience started with a 15 minute train ride from the main station. The conductor told us all about the train signals as we road along. We got off at the pumpkin patch and while the kids spent time decorating their pumpkins I looked around the main museum. There was a barn full of narrow gauge items and in the main trolley barn they were operating a large train layout. There was also an old trolley running regular trips around the site. Back at the pumpkin patch their were games for the kids and free apple cider. I loved the trains and the kids loved doing their pumpkins so all in all a great experience.
Written November 1, 2019
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Guide39866912855
Riverside, CA4 contributions
Great Place to visit.
Jul 2019
I took my 3 year old niece. We had a chance to ride the trains and she loved it. There is a lot of history about the Orange Empire here.
Written August 9, 2019
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jbmvan
Menifee, CA30 contributions
Not quite sure what to title it!!
Aug 2018
yes,with young kids,it is worth a visit to just see their reaction to the both real and model trains and trams. As an adult you leave with mixed feelings; some stuff is amazing, some stuff is just pure junk
Written March 19, 2019
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Mojaquera
Mojacar, Spain496 contributions
LOVED IT!
Mar 2018 • Couples
A lot to see and do here, and a lot of history as well. We all loved it, but I have to say that the grandkids got a little "antsy" after a while. Still, a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
Written February 3, 2019
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Harry_Hughes3
Casa Grande, Arizona, United States99 contributions
Found a great attraction after an unexpected left turn
Jan 2019 • Couples
I had no idea such a large and extensive railway collection was at the end of this street. Although we visited, during the middle of the week, when the trains weren't running, we had a great time walking through the buildings and on the sprawling grounds.
Written January 30, 2019
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