May 17, 2014 - May 18, 2014
Come to a family celebration of Southern California's railway heritage on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18. The annual Spring Rail Festival will offer families and rail enthusiasts plenty to do.
Ride trolleys all day and a live steam train. Get behind the throttle of a railroad locomotive under an instructor's supervision. Enjoy live bluegrass music, food vendors, special train exhibits and a paint along for kids. On Saturday William Bradley author of the newly released book Los Angeles Union Station: Tracks to the Future will be on hand for a book signing.
Car Number 54 the "Mount Rubidoux" will be available for rides at the Festival. The Mount Rubidoux is a business car. Business cars were used by highranking railroad officials as mobile offices and living quarters. The Mount Rubidoux has finely furnished rosewood and cherry-paneled interior containing an observation/drawing room, two state rooms, a dinning room,secretary's room, porter's room, two bathrooms and a kitchen. Tickets to ride and tour the Mount Rubidoux are an additional $5.00. Riders must be 16 years or older. Tickets may be purched at the Gift Shop ticket window.
The Spring Rail Festival runs from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. at Orange Empire Railway Museum, 2201 South A Street, Perris. Train rides start Saturday at 11 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. Ticket prices: Ages 12 and up, $15; ages five to 11, $10; and ages 4 and under are free. Operating a real locomotive is $20 extra. Admission is free to Orange Empire Railway Museum members. Phone (951) 943-3020 for more information.