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Special Events

RailGiants Train Museum Hours

RailGiants' Temporary Closure

To limit public gatherings, RailGiants Train Museum will be closed beginning in March 2020 and will open again on a date not yet determined.

The Los Angeles County Fairgrounds will be closed to the public until a date not yet announced. Check our Event Schedule webpage for updates. We hope you, your family, and your friends remain healthy.

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 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 2020 Los Angeles County Fair event is canceled.  We hope the county fair will resume in September 2021.

Check the Fair's website for additional information.

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, May 11, 2021 – Rail Meeting 7:30pm
On Zoom

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

Riding The Silver Fleet To Denver
On the Coast Starlight & California Zephyr
Presented by Harvey Laner

In March of 2017, a time when Amtrak was still hosting private railcars on their trains, Harvey Laner rode a California Zephyr Railcar charter excursion from Los Angeles to Denver. The private cars were former original California Zephyr cars Silver Rapids, Silver Lariat, and Silver Solarium.

The trip departed Los Angeles on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight as far as Oakland. The cars were switched off the Starlight to overnight in the Amtrak Oakland yard. It was a rare opportunity to experience and video that busy location on the Amtrak system, up close. The next morning the three historic California Zephyr cars were coupled to the rear of today’s Amtrak California Zephyr for the trip to Denver.

We next traverse California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains over Donner Pass, with snow. A beautiful sunrise east of Salt Lake City in the vicinity of Soldier Summit starts the second day of travelling the Zephyr, this day through scenic Utah and western Colorado. Soon after departing Glenwood Springs, Colorado the train begins travel through the magnificent canyons of the upper Colorado River beginning at Glenwood and ending with very impressive Gore and Byers Canyons. The trip concludes in Denver with a brief look at the then new Denver RTD “A” Line heavy rail line activity at Denver Union Station.

  • On your computer’s internet browser, go to RailMeeting.org (which will take you to the Zoom meeting room)
  • Password: 3450
  • Doors open at 7:15 pm (Pacific Daylight Time)
  • Meeting begins at 7:30 pm, on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 (Using international time, that’s 02:30 UTC on Wednesday.)

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

Future Monthly Meeting Dates and Topics

Tuesday
May 11, 2021
Riding The Silver Fleet To Denver
On the Coast Starlight & California Zephyr

Friday
June 11, 2021
To be announced