MUSEUMS AND ARCHIVES WITH
EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS
Updated APRIL 6, 2010
CALIFORNIA STATE RAILROAD MUSEUM, 111 "I" Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, phone (916) 445-7387. Known holdings: SW1 diesel 402, boxcar 2350, flat car 32. The library also has photos and other materials. The CSRM is undoubtedly one of the world's great railroad museums, and is a must-see for any railfan visiting Sacramento. The collection includes many beautifully restored locomotives from the pioneer days of 19th century West Coast railroading. Steam or diesel train rides are also available on certain days. The museum is located adjacent to historic Old Sacramento, with other museums, restored 19th century buildings, riverboats, and interesting shops. The CSRM has a nicely done home page. It is filled with great photos of the museum's equipment, as well as schedules, planned events, and other useful information.
After years of drab green paint, SN 402 glistens in her restored California Zephyr colors.The museum repainted the locomotive for the 1999 Railfair. The SW-1 still sees
limited freight service on the museum's Sacramento Southern, a common carrier with one shipper.
Photo by Robert Zeman.
ORANGE EMPIRE RAILWAY MUSEUM, P.O. Box 548, Perris, CA 92572-0548, phone (909) 943-3020. Known holdings: GE steeple cab 653. OERM is a fine museum with many interesting pieces of equipment, primarily from the Pacific Electric and Los Angeles Railway, but also steam, diesel and electric equipment from lines all over California. Trolley and steam train rides are available. The museum is located at 2201 south "A" Street, Perris, just off Interstate 15E about 18 miles east of Riverside.
THE MORAGA PUBLIC LIBRARY, 1500 St. Mary's Road, Moraga, CA 94556, phone (925)-376-6852. The library hosts the Moraga Historical Society. Several O-scale diorama form their major display. There are also books, photos and mementos, largely from the collection of Brother Dennis, formerly of nearby St. Mary's College. The history room is open 1-3 P.M. Monday and Friday, or by appointment.
WESTERN PACIFIC RAILROAD MUSEUM AT PORTOLA, P.O. 608, Portola, CA 96122, phone (916) 832-4131. Known holdings: SW-1 401, S-1 405, covered hopper 5005, boxcar 2346, caboose 1642, and GP-7 711. The Feather River Rail Society, which operates the museum, has concentrated on saving WP equipment, but owns many interesting first-generation diesels from all over northern California and Nevada, plus a fine collection of freight cars. The museum is famous for its locomotive rental program where visitors can actually operate selected engines. The museum is at the old WP diesel shops, located between the UP railroad yard and the town. This organisation's web site is FEATHER RIVER RAIL SOCIETY.
SACRAMENTO VALLEY HISTORICAL RAILWAYS, P.O. Box 1034, Woodland, CA 95776-1034, phone (916) 668-8165. Known holdings: none. This organization currently does not maintain a museum. However, they have restored Southern Pacific 0-6-0 1233 which they operate in excursion service over the former SN Woodland Branch in conjunction with the Yolo Short Line Railroad. Part of the ride is along the Sacramento River levee and also includes crossing the 8,000-foot Elkhorn Trestle near Woodland. The group is currently restoring the former SP depot in Woodland for use as a museum. SVHR has a web site maintained by Terry Schmidt which displays a gallery of SN photos.
The Western Railway Museum recently completed restoration of OA&E 1020to her original appearance. The museum hopes to operate the caron their restored SN track to Molena in the near future.Photo by Bob Zeman.
WESTERN RAILWAY MUSEUM, [Bay Area Electric Railroad Association] 5848 State Highway 12, Suisun City, CA 94585, phone (707) 374-2978. Known holdings: Birney streetcar 62, GE steeple cabs 652 and 654, box motor 602, Holman combine 1005, Hall Scott trailers 1019 and 1020, parlor car Bidwell, boxcar 2314, portable substation 1, GE 44-ton diesel 146 and caboose 1632. The museum has the largest collection of surviving SN equipment, some of it restored and operable. There is also steam, diesel and electric equipment from other lines throughout the west. Trolleys operate along several miles of the former SN mainline. There are also extensive holdings of photographs and paper materials, including the Vernon Sappers collection. A web page lists operating hours and other important information. Be sure to visit their Archives section, which frequently shows historic SN photos.
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