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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 Los Angeles County Fair is held for 19 days, starting Labor Day weekend: last Friday in August through Sunday, September 23, 2018. 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, May 7, 2019 – Rail Meeting 7:30pm

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

Mt. Washington Cog Railway Celebrates 150 Years
Presented by Clyde Stoneman

The Mt. Washington Cog Railway opened to transport passengers to the highest point in the northeastern United States in July of 1869. There had been much skepticism about being able to build a railroad to the summit of the 6,288 foot high mountain.

The railroad was powered by steam locomotives for most of its history. In 2008 the railway started using a bio-diesel powered locomotives to push the passenger cars to the summit. Today six diesel locomotives and two steam locomotives are in operation.

Clyde Stoneman has seen some of these changes during his three trips to the railroad starting in 1979. He will share photos showing the changes that have occurred since his first trip there.

The program will be supplemented by a DVD produced by New Hampshire Public Television showing some of the early history and operation of the railway.

Clyde Stoneman is our organization’s archivist.

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.

Future Tuesday Evening Meeting Dates and Topics

2019 Annual Meeting

May 7, 2019
Mt. Washington Cog Railway

June 4, 2019
to be announced soon