Annual Events

Day Out with Thomas

All aboard for a day of family fun with Thomas and Percy! Day Out With Thomas™ is a family event that offers aspiring engineers and their families the unique opportunity to take a ride with the classic storybook engine, Thomas the Tank Engine™, at regional heritage railroads across the country. Thomas visits the Southern California Railway twice annually. Take a ride with Thomas, meet Percy and Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a day of family fun!

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Pumpkin Patch Express

Take a ride to adventure to the Pumpkin Patch – select and decorate your own pumpkin to take home, enjoy a kids’ concert & ventriloquist show, balloons animals, jump on a trolley for a ride around campus, kids crafts, hay maze, coloring stations, temporary tattoos and stickers, bounce house, cookies and cider, scavenger hunt, and trick or treating and costume contest. It’s all included!

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Train to Santa’s Workshop

Embark on a magical train ride and visit with Santa Claus himself at his North Pole workshop. Ride the train, where elves will lead your family in Christmas songs, holiday trivia games and storytelling. Santa greets the guests as they arrive at the workshop. Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus at a play area where children can play on Thomas train tables and craft activities. Enjoy refreshments at the Pinacate Station boarding area!

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Bunny Train

The Easter Bunny can’t make it to the Bunny Train in 2019 – we hope our little engineers will enjoy Day Out with Thomas April 6th, 7th, 13th, and 14th!

Hop on board! The Easter Bunny makes a stop at the museum select Springs. Kids of all ages will experience the magic of trains and the magic of the Easter Bunny at this incredibly popular annual event. The Easter Bunny will hop through the train, greeting each child with a special treat and posing for a photo. Children can decorate Easter baskets and then follow a treasure map to find Easter eggs and other goodies. There will be a bounce house and other fun activities. Your family can explore the museum and enjoy rides on vintage trolleys.

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Ironhorse Steampunk Carnivale

Grab your goggles and parasols, put on your top hats and corsets, and jump into your airships to head over to the Southern California Railway Museum on June 1st and 2nd for an extraordinary, two-day festival celebrating the fantasy, history and ingenuity behind Steampunk. Enjoy festivities geared for the entire family as we pay homage to the Victorian Era, Edwardian science fiction, and the Industrial Revolution. Bring the family and enjoy workshops, live entertainment and vendors geared toward Steampunk enthusiasts. This is a Gated event; Event Details and Ticketing info available on the Event Information Page .

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Civil War Reenactment

Step back in time and see what life was like during the War Between the States. Visit the encampments of the Union and Confederate Armies. See what life was like in the civilian camp. Watch one of several battles throughout the day. Ride the vintage train and trolleys. Train and trolleys will be available from 11:00 until 4:00. If you did not purchase an all-day ride pass with your admission ticket you may upgrade your ticket at the museum gift shop.

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More Annual Events will be added soon…