Welcome to the Southern California Railway Museum

Explore the West’s largest collection of railway locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban electric cars, buildings and other artifacts dating from the 1870’s. Ride streetcars, interurban electric cars, and trains on the Museum railway. Visit the Museum’s collection of more than 200 streetcars and railway vehicles to experience the early days of electric, steam, and diesel railway transportation in and around Los Angeles.




About Us

Visiting Us

Facility Rentals

The non-profit Southern California Railway Museum (formerly Orange Empire Railway Museum) has been preserving Southern California’s railway history since 1956. Home to over 200 historic railway cars and locomotives from Los Angeles and the West, the Museums 90-acre site in Perris, California.

Explore the West’s largest collection of railway locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban electric cars, buildings, and other artifacts dating from the 1870s. Visit the Fred Harvey Museum in our Archive Facility and learn about the Harvey Girls, the women who helped to “civilize the American Southwest.”

Railway trains operate every weekend—visit us to experience a day of family fun exploring the large grounds and riding the trains and trolleys that helped create the Southern California we know today. Check our Event Calendar for a list of special events, including steam train operations.

Celebrating 60 Years in Perris

Hours and Admission Prices

The Museum grounds Normal Business Hours are from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Visitor Center and Museum Store are open from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM on weekdays, 9:00 AM to 4:45 PM on weekends. Trolleys and trains operate every weekend and many major holidays, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 

Please note: From November 12th 2019 through December 31st, The Museum will open for The Polar Express Train Ticketholders ONLY. Daily visitors will be welcomed back beginning January 1st.

Access to the grounds and buildings is FREE except for gated events such as Day Out With Thomas, The Pumpkin Train, & Polar Express. Please check our calendar carefully before planning your visit if you do not plan to attend a gated event. On regular weekends when there is no major event, an all-day pass to ride the trains costs $12 for ages 12 and up; $8 for ages 5 through 11. Ages 4 and under are free. A family pass for one family (two adults and all of their children) is $40.

Admission prices for the major events are shown on their individual event pages, which can be visited by clicking the event’s button or its name in the Upcoming Events list at the top of this page. Parking is always free.