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RailGiants Train Museum Hours

RailGiants Train Museum is open on the second full weekend of each month. Our hours of operation are from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., during the winter months. RailGiants is located on the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona. During open days at RailGiants, visitors can walk around all locomotives and railcars and buy train souvenirs in our Depot Gift Shop. By walking up stairways into each giant locomotive, you can see into the cabs where engineers and firemen operated these large engines down the tracks of the nation’s rail network. Visitors are welcome to join us while maintenance and rehabilitation work is in-progress and ask our volunteer museum staff members any questions.

Admission to RailGiants Train Museum is always free. During the Los Angeles County Fair event, RailGiants is part of The County Fair and there is no additional cost to enter RailGiants after purchasing an admission ticket to The County Fair. Any donation to help maintain our equipment is optional, but always welcome. The excellent conditional of our historic railroad equipment is achieved by the generous donations of past visitors and the help of our volunteer members.

Please note: when the scheduled Sunday falls on Mother's Day or Easter, the museum will be closed on that Sunday.

Check the Event Schedule page for our current schedule of days and hours.

If you need to make arrangements to see RailGiants Train Museum on a day when we are not normally open, or for filming for television and motion pictures, please send us a message on our Contact Us page, or call the Museum Depot on 909-623-0190.

Los Angeles County Fair

The County Fair is held for 19 days, starting Labor Day weekend: first Friday in September through the final weekend of September. During the fair, RailGiants Train Museum is part of the County Fair and is open on every day of the fair. However, entry to RailGiants requires purchasing admission to the County Fair. Once inside The Fair, no additional fees are required to enter RailGiants and see our trains.

Check the Fair's website for complete information regarding fair dates, times, parking, and costs.

Rail Meetings

Join us monthly for updates, programs and visiting with your fellow members. Meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm, except during the summer months. For the most up-to-date information about our schedule of meetings, please refer to our Event Schedule page, or our monthly newsletter, the Observation Platform (O.P.). Any questions, comments, or suggestions about our meetings? Sent us a message on our Contact Us page.

Our meetings are held in The Cowan’s Room, St. Edmund's Church in San Marino, near Huntington Drive and San Gabriel Boulevard.

Throughout the year, we educate and entertain our members, the rail-fan community, and anyone who is rail-curious about railroad history, rail transportation of today, and the plans for the future. Admission is free

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – Rail Meeting 7:30pm

St. Edmund's Church – Cowan’s Room
1175 San Gabriel Blvd
San Marino CA

Sierra Railway No. 3 Steam Locomotive Restoration video

Sierra #3 is a 4-6-0 type steam locomotive built by Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works of Patterson, New Jersey in 1891. It was originally Prescott & Arizona Central Railway No. 3, until this railroad's bankruptcy a few years later. The locomotive was relocated to Oakdale, California, and became the main locomotive for Sierra Railway when founded in 1897, and used in the rail line's construction to Jamestown, Sonora, and Tuolumne.

Sierra #3's first movie appearance was in The Terror from 1920. It was taken out of service during the great depression. Soon after World War II it would have gone to the scrap yards, had it not been for an offer from David Selznick to destroy it a train wreck movie scene. Railroad management rejected this offer, and restored No. 3 for charter and movie service in 1948, after 15 years of being out of service.

No. 3's first service after this restoration was for an excursion train chartered by R&LHS on May 30, 1948. Many excursion, movie, and television appearances followed. Most famous productions included 1952 movie High Noon and 1960s television series Petticoat Junction. When the railroad was sold to new owners, Sierra #3 was acquired by the State of California when the Jamestown property became a state park in 1982. When FRA issued new steam locomotive safety standards, No. 3 was taken out of service in 1995.

The State of California provided funds for partial repairs in 2000 & 2001. With the project incomplete in 2007, actor Clint Eastwood (who performed with No. 3 earlier in his career) initiated a fundraising campaign to collect donations to complete its restoration. Sierra #3 returned to steam service in 2010. No. 3 is the most often photographed and filmed locomotive.

Directions to St. Edmund's Church

From Interstate 210 – Foothill Freeway:
Exit on San Gabriel Boulevard [Exit #29-A]. Proceed south (away from the mountains). The church is about 1.8 miles south of the freeway on the righthand side, just before Huntington Drive. After you pass Gainsborough Drive, the church’s parking lots are the next three driveways.

From Interstate 10 – San Bernardino Freeway:
Exit on San Gabriel Boulevard [Exit #25-B]. Exit north (towards the mountains). The church is 4 miles north of the freeway. Cross Huntington Drive and turn left into the parking lots. The Cowan's Room is in a smaller building behind the main church and chapel buildings away from the San Gabriel Blvd side.

2017 Meeting Dates and Topics

April 4, 2017
Sierra Railway No. 3 Steam Locomotive Restoration

May 2 2017
California High Speed Rail

June 6, 2017
TBA