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Donations and Contributions

The Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, Southern California Chapter (also referred to as "R&LHS-SCC" or "we" or "our") educates the public about railroad history through our programs, operates RailGiants Train Museum at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona, California, and owns most of the railroad equipment, structures, equipment, and archives at RailGiants.

The Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, Southern California Chapter is a Public Benefit Corporation created pursuant to the laws of the State of California. R&LHS-SCC is a tax-exempt nonprofit charitable educational organization, qualified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

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You may make donations to further the charitable purposes of The Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, Southern California Chapter. Your charitable contributions are deductible on your federal and state income tax returns, subject to general limitations applicable to your personal circumstances. Please consult your tax adviser.

How to Donate

R&LHS-SCC gratefully appreciates all donations. You may donate in the following ways:
  • Donate using PayPal online for any amount of your choice between $5.00 and $100.00 is US Dollars. We do not accept requests for return of donations. We consider all donations as a gift, not a purchase. We do not provide 'thank you' gifts to our donors and contributors. We pay fees collected by PayPal for your donation's transaction.


  • Deposit anonymous donations of coin and/or currency in canisters located throughout RailGiants Train Museum.

  • Operational expenses.
We gratefully appreciate all donations. You may donate in the following ways:
  • Deposit anonymous donations of coin and/or currency in canisters located throughout RailGiants Train Museum.

  • When purchasing items in our RailGiants Store, tell us we can, "keep the change."

  • Hand your donation of cash, coin, or materials to any staff member while at RailGiants Train Museum. We will provide you a receipt for your records, except for donations provided anonymously.

  • You can send us a check by mail to:
    The Railway and Locomotive Historical Society,
    Southern California Chapter
    P.O. Box 2250
    Pomona CA 91769
If you want to donate physical items, such as supplies, railroad equipment, tools, historical documents, archives or memorabilia, you may contact us using the following methods:
  • Call RailGiants Train Museum Depot on 909.623.0190

  • Send us an on-line message from our Contact Us webpage.

  • Mail a letter to:
    Robert Shatsnider
    R&LHS-SCC
    1438 Cambridge Ave
    Upland CA 91786
If you wish to contribute a sizable amount and want it restricted to a specific project or purpose, please contact us so that we can discuss what you have in mind.

How R&LHS-SCC Uses Funds and Physical Items Received by Donation

General donations of cash support R&LHS-SCC and RailGiants Train Museum in one or more of the following ways, at our sole discretion:
  • Operations and educational programs of RailGiants Train Museum and R&LHS-SCC

  • Maintenance, repair, restoration, and acquisition of structures, facilities, and railroad equipment and rollingstock

  • Maintenance and acquisition of railroad archives, artifacts, memorabilia, and related materials

  • Investments
Donations of sizable cash amounts can be restricted to certain purposes, upon mutual agreement.

We use donated supplies, railroad equipment, tools, and historical documents, subject to our discretion. Donated physical items may be accessioned or disposed pursuant to R&LHS-SCC's policies.

Major Donors and Contributors

R&LHS-SCC is grateful for the generous gifts, donations, contributions, and support received from the following businesses, organizations, entities, and individuals.

Their contributions include the locomotives and rollingstock collection at RailGiants Train Museum, the land we use on the fairgrounds, and other operational assets and services.

Donors
  • Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company
  • ExxonMobil Foundation
  • Fruit Growers Supply Company
  • Robert P. Warmington Co.
  • Southern Pacific Railroad
  • The (Bruce) Ward Revocable Living Trust
  • The Boeing Company, Employees Community Fund
  • Union Oil Company of California
  • Union Pacific Railroad Company
  • United States Borax & Chemical Corporation
Contributors
  • CommLine Inc.
  • County of Los Angeles
  • Volunteers of the Fairplex Garden Railroad
  • Joe T Heating & A/C
  • Ken Hunter
  • Los Angeles County Fair Association