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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 and 2021 Los Angeles County Fair events are canceled. The county fair will resume in May 2022.

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, September 14, 2021 – Rail Meeting 7:30pm
On Zoom

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

Creating a Railroad Museum in Perris
Presented by Harvey Laner

“Put up a trolley pole, operate a streetcar, and not ask a railroad for permission.” The vision that launched a railroad museum.

On February 22, 2018, the Orange Empire Railway Museum observed 60 years at Perris, California. Charter Member Harvey Laner celebrated this event by producing a historical timeline video showcasing the events that led to the creation of what is today's Southern California Railway Museum.

The program describes the beginnings of the preservation movement, acquisition of the preserved cars and their storage at Griffith Park, the search for a museum site, the move to Perris, purchase of land and a 600-volt DC power supply. The program concludes in the fall of 1959 when the first day of operation took place. It was the successful culmination of years of planning by a dedicated group of young people, over 60 years ago.

The history of streetcars, trolleys, and trains at Perris began at several dispersed Southern California locations and crossed paths with many other SoCal railroad fan groups, preservation organizations, and sites.

  • 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 Daylight Time)
  • Meeting begins at 7:30 pm, on Tuesday, September 14, 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
September 14, 2021
Creating a Railroad Museum in Perris

Friday
October 8, 2021
To be Announced

Tuesday
November 9, 2021
2021 NRHS Convention

Friday
December 10, 2021
to be announced