Special Events

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 5 p.m. 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 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.

Rail Meetings

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, June 5, 2018 – Rail Meeting 7:30pm

St. Edmund's Church – Cowan’s Room
1175 San Gabriel Blvd
San Marino CA

History of Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal

Tom Savio of the Los Angeles Union Station Historical Society will present a program about Los Angeles Union Station, its history, and recent upgrades.

Tom will recount the history of LAUPT (Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal; its original name), display some choicest artifacts of the society's collection, and relate how they acquired them. Daily photographs of LAUPT's construction were collected, and assembled into three books, presented to each of the station's original three owners. The society obtained Southern Pacific's copy and some of its photographs will on display during our meeting. Tom will discuss the society's mission statement and some of the challenges with The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) to preserve LAUPT's historical integrity whilst it migrates towards a more privatized commercial atmosphere.

Tom became a railfan, model railroader, and railroad collector starting at age 4 when he went to hospital with a broken arm. When he came home, he received a wind-up toy train for amusement, and never looked back! Tom helped design exhibits for the California State Railroad Museum, as Assist. Curator of Collections. He worked for Amtrak as a relief station agent in Davis and Sacramento. Tom served as a PR consultant to Canadian Pacific Railway and wrote countless magazine articles on trains for Trains, Railfan & Railroad, International Railway Traveler, and general interest travel magazines like the Auto Clubs'. He also edited and co-wrote two books on the world's great railway journeys. Two years ago, he was honored as the WinterRail Hall of Famer. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Fine Arts and Photography, and studied museology with the Smithsonian Institution.

2018 Meeting Dates and Topics

June 5, 2018
Construction & History of Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal