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.
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, March 7, 2017 – Rail Meeting 7:30pm
St. Edmund's Church – Cowan’s Room
1175 San Gabriel Blvd
San Marino CA
Manitou and Pike's Peak Cog Railway
As we all know, grade is a real important concern when building any railway line. Grades of more the 3% are a real problem for most trains and even the real heavy haulers like the geared locomotives cannot handle more than 6%. However in some circumstances, it is just not possible to make a route that meets the grade conditions. This was the case in the late 1880's. The solution was to use a cog system. This involves a powered gear in the locomotive which is tied to a geared third rail or rack. The first cog system was the Mt. Washington route in New Hampshire in 1869.
In spring of 1891, the route up to the summit of Pike's Peak in Colorado was completed. Grades of up to 25% were needed. The route is the world's highest rack railway in the world and number 5 on the highest railway list.
Allan Kershaw, Director of our organization, will present a program about the Manitou and Pike's Peak Cog Railway. Allan will present pictures from his 2013 journey on this rail line and a video.
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
March 7, 2017
Manitou and Pike's Peak Cog Railway
April 4, 2017
May 2 2017
California High Speed Rail
June 6, 2017