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Special Events

RailGiants Train Museum Hours

RailGiants is open on selected weekends and during The Los Angeles County Fair

RailGiants Train Museum is open on the second full weekend of each month. Our hours of operation are from 10am until 5pm. RailGiants is located in the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona, California. During our open house weekends at RailGiants, visitors can walk around all locomotives and railcars and buy train souvenirs in our RailGiants Store in the depot. 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 the 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 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 Fair is held for 16 days, starting on Friday, May, 5, 2023, and concluding on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2023. RailGiants and the County Fair are closed on some weekdays; check our schedule for specific days. During the County Fair, RailGiants Train Museum is part of the County Fair and is open on every day of the County Fair. However, entry to RailGiants requires purchasing admission to the County Fair. Once inside the County 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 for monthly for updates, interesting programs about railroads, and visiting with your fellow members. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday or second Friday of each month at 7:30pm. 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? Send us a message on our Contact Us page.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 – Rail Meeting 7:30pm
On Zoom

We moved our Rail Meetings to the internet. See access information below.

Switzerland by Rail 2023
Presented by Harvey Laner

In September of 2023, Harvey Laner joined the Special Interest Tours “Majestic Switzerland by Rail 2023” tour through Europe’s railroad wonderland.

Beginning in Zurich, with 15 tram routes and about 258 trams, the program views tram operations in the city center. Then a trip to Esslingen on the Forchbahn, a 1,200-volt DC interurban line whose equipment converts for operation on the city’s 600-volt DC tram system to reach the Forchbahn’s central Zurich terminal.

The tour travels Swiss Federal Railway’s Intercity and Regional trains, which is extensively covered including the famous route over Gottard Pass. Rhaetian Railway, Switzerland’s largest private railroad provides a thrilling ride on the Bernina Express over the highest railroad crossing of the Alps at an elevation of 7,392 ft above sea level. It’s a meter gauge adhesion line with grades up to seven percent. The Furka Mountain railroad, a remarkable preservation success provides the experience of steam powered rack and pinion railroading on the restored original line over Furka Pass. The program includes other cog railroads like Gornergrat to the Matterhorn, the 800 mm gauge Rochers-De-Naye line high above French Switzerland’s Montreux and Lake Geneva, and the Jungfraubahn, a ride to the “Top of Europe” railway station at 11,332 feet elevation. Also included is a ride on the Pilatus Railroad that took the tour group from the upper terminal at 6,801 feet elevation descending to the base terminal at an elevation of 1,522 feet in only 2.86 miles. This mountain railway is the steepest rack railway in the world, with an average gradient of 35 percent with some locations on the line as steep as 48 percent.

The program includes a ride on one of Lake Lucerne’s historic steam powered paddle wheel boats to Vitznau where we ride the two different rack rail lines serving the summit of scenic Mount Rigi.

The program concludes back in Zurich with a surprise appearance of the oldest operating tram in Switzerland. Zurich-Oerlikon-Seebach Street Railway number 1 built in 1897 was mixing with modern trams on Zurich’s famous main downtown street, Bahnhofstrasse on a late summer Sunday afternoon.

  • On your computer’s internet browser, go to: RailMeeting.org (that will take you to the Zoom meeting room).
  • Password: 3450
  • Doors open at 7:15 pm (Pacific Standard Time).
  • Meeting begins at 7:30 pm, on Tuesday, February 13, 2024. (Using international time, that’s at 03:30 UTC on Saturday.)

We recommend visiting RailMeeting.org before the meeting to download the most recent version of Zoom software.

Future Monthly Meeting Dates and Topics

Tuesday
February 13, 2024
Switzerland by Rail - 2023

Tuesday
March 12, 2024
To be announced

Tuesday
April 9, 2024
To be announced

Friday
May 10, 2024
To be announced

Tuesday
June 11, 2024
To be announced