The Museum operates a railway where visitors can ride on the historic trains and trolleys that helped shape the Southern California we know today. The railway operates every weekend and on most major holidays from 11 AM to 5 PM, and on weekdays for charters and other special events.
On a typical weekend (except during special events), two city streetcars run on the half-mile dual-gauge Loop Line, and another train operates on the 1.5 mile standard gauge mainline. The northern end of the mainline is currently at 7th Street. Future plans call for regular operations to be extended to 4th Street as the depot area is rebuilt into the new Metrolink station and transit center.
We cannot guarantee the availability of any particular piece of equipment on any given day. Some equipment does not operate during rain.
A ticket must be purchased to ride on the Museum railway. It costs $12 for ages 12+, $8 for ages 5-11; children under 5 are free. Your ticket is good for the entire day, for as many trips as you wish. Your fare goes directly towards meeting Museum operating expenses.
The mainline train is usually an electrically or diesel powered freight train (with a caboose to ride in if you wish), or a consist of passenger train cars. The caboose’s cupola is very popular with the kids. The cars and locomotives are selected on a rotating basis from our historic collection.
A Pacific Electric interurban or city streetcar operates on the mainline on selected weekends.
Steam locomotive operation is scheduled for the third weekend of the month between September and May (no steam operations during the summer) and during certain special events and major holidays.