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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.

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

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

Usui Pass Tour
Presented by Harvey Laner

Usui Toge Tetsudo (Usui Pass Railway in English), was built to fill the difficult gap in the main line from Tokyo to the north-coast seaport city of Naoetsu in Japan. The Usui Pass Railway joined the towns of Yokokawa on the Tokyo side of the mountains with Karuizawa on the Naoetsu side. Yokokawa is 1260 feet above sea level and Karuizawa is on a plain at 3080 feet. The problem to be solved was to connect the two points, which are only 5.75 miles apart, in a direct line on a challenging 6.7 percent grade.

Harvey Laner videod this exciting section of Japan’s impressive rail system in October of 1993. This program features the massive Class EF63 electric locomotives working in tandem as helpers moving passenger trains on JNR’s Shin’etsu Main Line through Usui Pass, considered to be the greatest natural barrier in Japan.

The closure of the Usui Pass section of the Shin’etsu Main Line at the end of September 1997 coincided with the opening of the new Nagano Shinkansen (Bullet Train) and marked the end of the careers of the EF63 locomotives.

  • On your computer’s internet browser, go to: (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 Friday, June 11, 2021 (Using international time, that’s 02:30 UTC on Saturday.)

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

Future Monthly Meeting Dates and Topics

June 11, 2021
Usui Pass Tour

July 13, 2021
To be Announced

August 13, 2021
Southern Pacific in Los Angeles

September 14, 2021
To be Announced