News and Press Releases

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 05:57

You're invited to a family celebration of Southern California's railway heritage on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18 at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris. The annual Spring Rail Festival will offer families and rail enthusiasts plenty to do and see at the 90-acre railway park in the heart of Southern California.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 17:16
See antique trucks, step onto train cars, take a ride on trolleys! Thousands of truck enthusiasts and rail fans will gather Sunday, May 4 at OERM for the annual Antique Truck Show. This one-day special event will feature hundreds of restored, vintage trucks -- from semis and pickups to delivery vehicles, fire engines and farm...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 07:23

Gear Up for Steampunk Carnivale - March 15-16

Celebrate the fantasy, history and ingenuity behind Steampunk at the Orange Empire Railway Museum. The Iron Horse/Family Steampunk Carnivale pays homage to the Victorian Era, Edwardian science fiction and the Industrial Revolution with a real, live steam-powered locomotive being the...

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 20:01

Joe Fuller, an information technology consultant with Hewlett-Packard, was recently elected President and CEO of the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris.

The board election of this Lakewood resident comes at a time when the museum is becoming more than a place to see and ride the historic rail cars and trolleys that helped create the...

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 20:17

Train enthusiasts, history buffs and those wanting to learn about Southern California's railway history are welcome 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1 the Spring Railroadiana Swap Meet at Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris.

 "It's one of the West's largest celebrations of train memorabilia and railroading...

Monday, January 6, 2014 - 21:31

Get "Behind the Scenes" on January 18 and 19 at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, where volunteers operate, maintain and restore the West's largest collection of vintage rail cars. At this annual event, visitors get special access and tours of locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban electric cars and artifacts...

Monday, December 2, 2013 - 07:11
Santa at OERM

Join Santa for a festive train ride! Orange Empire Railway Museum celebrates the holidays Dec. 14, 15, 21 and 22 with the afternoon Santa Train and special evening rides to Santa's Workshop. This treasured tradition at our train and trolley heritage park in Perris, CA is fun for the whole family.  Every child visits with Santa on...

Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 10:09

In April 2013, Heather Garcia, a University of La Verne graduate and sorority girl visited Orange Empire Railway Museum and became hooked on the Museum’s collection. “They are real and a snapshot of our history,” she said.

At the Museum, Heather Garcia has helped sand, grind and paint parts for the restoration of Santa Fe Railway 98 to...

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 17:34
Orange Empire Railway Museum/ Photo by Daniel LaMantain-Leatherman

How rail museums stay fresh and relevant in a rapidly changing culture is the subject of an international conference hosted by the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Riverside October 16-19, 2013. 

About 150 members of the Association of Tourist Railroads and Railway Museums will gather to discuss museum safety and the presentation of...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 05:42
Ed Sanders operates a locomotive at OERM

When most folks think of how trains work, they might think “forward and backward.” Pretty easy, right? Not so much, as TV personalities Marcus Hunt and Ed Sanders of AMC‘s “Owner’s Manual” found out. They discovered just how challenging and potentially hazardous it is to operate a locomotive and drive a street car while filming an episode of...

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OERM 2014 Calendar

OERM 2014 CalendarThe Orange Empire 2014 Calendar titled "The Street Cars of Los Angeles" is now available. Photographs of the Los Angeles Railway and the Pacific Electric Railway in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas enhance each month.. The price is $12.95 each plus sales tax and $5.00 shipping. To order your calendar call 951-943-3020 or e-mail for more information.