Charter Program

Your group can charter a trolley or train for a very reasonable rate. It makes the perfect school field trip, and hundreds of children from throughout Southern California visit with us each year. Charters normally consist of rides on two different trolleys, a train ride on our mainline, and a guided tour of the Museum grounds (allow 2 to 3 hours).

Charters are offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm. Note that in the summer months (June through September), all weekday trolley operations must be completed by 11:45 am due to electric power restrictions. Although the grounds remain open until 5 pm year 'round, mornings make the best time to schedule a visit during the summer months because of cooler temperatures.

Due to staffing considerations and other activities at the Museum, certain days are not available for charters. 30 days advance notice is required for reservations, and you can arrange a charter for almost any size group. 


Charter Rates:

School Groups: $5.00 per student (through high school), minimum charge is $150.00 (30 students). Adult supervision of at least one for every six students is required, and these adults are included in the minimum charge. Additional adults are $7.00.

Adult Groups: $7.00 per adult, $5.00 per child under age 12. Minimum charge is $210 (30 adults).

Terms & Conditions: Advance payment is required. Your charter is not guaranteed until the deposit is received.

Deposit amount: Minimum charge or one-half the total price, whichever is greater. In order to expedite the payment process, we would appreciate the balance due to be in one form of payment (we will accept cash, checks or credit cards). Sorry, but we do not accept purchase orders. The balance due above and beyond your deposit must be paid upon your arrival for the charter. All equipment is subject to availability. OERM reserves the right to substitute equipment for all operations.

Cancellation Policy: A full refund will be issued as long as you notify us more than 72 hours prior to the charter. If cancellation is received less than 72 hours prior to the charter, no refund will be issued.

Rain policy: In case of rain, or the possibility of rain, call the Museum at least two hours before your scheduled charter time and confirm the local weather conditions. We do not recommend visits during heavy rain. If you do not call, we assume you are coming, so your deposit will not be refunded.

Food: You can bring your own picnic, but please by advised that alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited on Museum property. Catered lunch available with advanced notice.

Parking: Parking is always free.

For more information please call our museum office during regular business hours at (951) 943-3020 or

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