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Special Events

RailGiants Train Museum Hours

RailGiants is open on selected weekends and during 2022 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 Los Angeles County Fair returns.

The Fair is held during 17 days, starting on Thursday, May, 5, 2022, and concluding on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2022. 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, December 13, 2022 – Rail Meeting 7:30pm On Zoom

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

The Rimutaka Incline and the Fell Locomotives

Presented by Allan Kershaw

In the 1860’s, New Zealand was exploring methods of getting freight from the agricultural area of the Wairarapa Valley over the Rimutaka mountains to the harbor at Wellington. While the elevation gain was only 1000ft, the steepness of the mountains required grades from 3% to 9% which are much too steep for standard railroads. Several systems were considered, and the one chosen was patented by John Fell. This was a three-rail system that required special engines and brake cars to move the loads. The line was opened in August 1878 and ran until 1955. Allan and his wife visited the Fell Locomotive Museum in Featherston in 2008. He will be sharing some photos of the equipment in the museum, followed by a documentary video on the history of the Incline.

  • 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, December 13, 2022. (Using international time, that’s at 03:30 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
December 13, 2022
New Zealand’s Rimutaka Incline and the Fell Locomotives