Blog 7 You’re invited to a family celebration of Southern California’s railway heritage on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19 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.

Ride trolleys all day and a steam train. Get behind the throttle of a railroad locomotive under an instructor’s supervision. Enjoy live bluegrass music, food vendors and special train exhibits. VC2 Steam Locomotive

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 and Sunday at 11 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. Ticket prices: Ages 12 and up, $15; ages 5 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 or visit www.oerm.org Blog 7b

Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris operates a Museum Railway where visitors can ride on the historic trains and trolleys that helped shape the Southern California we know today. The Museum Railway operates every weekend and on most major holidays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and also on weekdays for charters and other special events. The Museum grounds are open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Visit www.oerm.org or phone (951) 943-3020. www.facebook.com/orangeempirerailwaymuseum