Southern California Railway Museum

Southern California Railway Museum

Southern California 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
About
At Southern California Railway Museum (SCRM), you can explore the West’s most extensive collection of railway locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban electric cars, buildings, and other artifacts dating from the 1870s. Ride streetcars, interurban electric cars, and trains on the Museum railway. Visit the Museum’s collection of more than 200 streetcars and railway vehicles to experience the early days of electric, steam, and diesel railway transportation in and around Los Angeles. SCRM is also the home to Mattel's Day Out With Thomas event, Polar Express, STEAM Fest Express, BBQ Boots and Brew, Sizzling Summer Nights, Behind the Scenes, and our popular Run One Program, where you have a chance to become a train engineer or streetcar operator for the day! Check out our events calendar at https://socalrailway.org/scrm-events/. Become a member for even more benefits and discounts.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles125 reviews
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bnnyc1955
Brooklyn, NY50 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I took a tour group here on July 9 to see their facilities and ride their wonderful and historic equipment. Ms. Harty, the experience manager and the gift shop staff as well as the crew operators were outstanding ambassadors in showing off and operating their wonderful trains and equipment.

Unfortunately, weather in this part of the country is very hot sometimes and without any warning previously, their Chief Operating Officer very curtly and rudely informed my co-tour director that they were shutting down operations at 12:30 pm. We were leaving at 1:30 pm anyways so it didn't affect our group materially. I did her the groans of disappointment of other members of the public.

This museum needs to clearly warn their customers in advance of visits that afternoon operations could be suspended so people can plan accordingly. We originally were going to split our visit into two parts with an afternoon portion and fortunately we decided to come early and leave early.

Finally their Chief Operating Officer should not be allowed to interact with members of the public only the balance of the staff who are excellent ambassadors. His conduct is what made this "5" review a "3".
Written August 7, 2022
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waynefromcali
Yucaipa, CA4,449 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
The Annual Truck and Rail Show at The Southern California Railway Museum in Perris,California was a great day featuring vintage and historic semi's,trucks,busses,restored,customized and restored models! Food,music,friendly people and trains and rail rides throughout the day made it a great event!The Fred Harvey Museum was also opened for viewing to make for a fantastic event!
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Written May 9, 2022
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JTama
Riverside, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Despite the heat, my family and I had a great time! Riding the train and trolly were fun for my littles (age 5 and 2) but the sounds were too loud and scary for them. The docents/staff/volunteers are so welcoming, passionate, helpful and knowledgeable. The mini passenger cars were fun for the kids to play in then we had some lunch on their shaded picnic tables out on the grass. This museum is a gem. They need help with funding, upkeep, and renovations, but it’s such a great value for the richness of history you get. We will likely visit again in the cooler autumn weather. Before leaving, we got some great train sets in the gift shop—so much fun to put the tracks together and watch the battery-operated trains running on them.
Written August 16, 2021
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Lisa T
Rolling Hills Estates, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
The Southern California Railway Museum is just a wonderful place to learn about this important form of transportation. We were there for a Scout merit badge class, and the kids had so much fun as they were allowed to each take a brief turn driving a trolley car. The museum has multiple collections of trains, but our favorite was the one donated by Ward Kimball, an animator for Disney. His collection was the inspiration for Walt Disney. i just loved the Chloe train which Ward named after his daughter. The rain was once a sugar train on Maui. The museum offers lots of terrific events for families. I recommend making a weekend out of it if you get a chance and visiting Lake Elsinore.
Written October 7, 2023
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Orland M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
I was able to operate Santa Fe locomotive 108 in the run one program on Saturday, a wonderful experience. My instructor/engineer Carson was great, carefully explaining what needed to be done.I would recommend the run one program, and the museum to anyone who likes trains like me.I want to do the run one program again with a different locomotive. Thank you to the Southern California Railway Museum for offering the program.
Written September 11, 2023
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The Run One program is one of our most popular options. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience!
Written July 15, 2024
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imub4ur
Hesperia, CA382 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Mary V
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I gave my adult son a "Run One" for his birthday. He chose the Southern Pacific 3100 locomotive. Carson was an awesome teacher. My son got to drive it up and back 3 times before he insisted I try it. Altogether we got to drive about 8 miles in our "Run One" hour! I read once that only 1% of the World's Population can say they completed a marathon-- I wonder how many can say they drove a massive locomotive?! My daughter is already picking out her engine for her birthday next year.
Written July 30, 2022
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Jennifer K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We took some high school students to the museum for a Career Tech Ed field trip. The staff was very helpful and friendly which made the whole process easy. We got to see everything and ride the trains. The students enjoyed it greatly. Just a tip: it's all outside or in un-air conditioned buildings so go when it's cooler and bring water!
Written September 28, 2022
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We are happy to hear that you and your students enjoyed the experience.
Written July 15, 2024
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Charles L
San Jose, CA50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
My rail-crazy son got a streetcar driving lesson for his birthday. Amazing fun. Nice people, pleasant premises, lots and lots of rolling stock to look at up close. This is a sweet, quiet, low-key attraction that kids especially will love. Plenty of nostalgia for older folks, too. Our spring visit was cool and breezy and the nearby hills were carpeted with wildflowers.
Written March 27, 2023
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Thank you for visiting! Our Run One program is definitely a guest favorite, and we are happy that you enjoyed the experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written July 15, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

AcrazyAngel
Phoenix, AZ2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
What an AWESOME experience. My husband and grandson had the best time. My grandson said it was "The best day of his life." Shout out to Jordan for all he did to make my grandson's birthday surprise extra special as well as make the day for all of us so much better. Went we come back to California we will definitely come back. Jordan, I can't thank you enough for all you did to make Saturday (1/15/21) such a great day. You are a huge asset to the Orange Empire Railway Museum. We hope to see you again the next time we come to visit CA. You were a HERO in my grandson eyes. I know he as well as us will never forget your kind nature and beautify disposition. Thank you, Jordan and the Orange Empire Railway Museum.
Written January 18, 2022
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