Rails West
Rail Transportation Museums to Visit

PE Business Car No. 1001 is eshibited at Orange Empire Railway Museum (Richard Boehle photo)Railroad Museums Throughout the West are dedicated to the acquisition, preservation, research, exhibition and interpretation of railroad artifacts for the public's learning and enjoyment. Preservation, research and interpretation of these objects helps communicate the lessons of history, in order that present and future visitors may learn from the past.

The following list of rail transportation museums, with links to museum web sites, is provided for additional information. These museums preserve and exhibit original railroad cars, locomotives and other artifacts. Most offer interpretive school or group tours. Many also offer rides in vintage railroad cars.

For specific questions about the museums, visitor hours, school arrangements or their collections, please visit their web site or contact them directly.


Arizona Railway Museum, 330 E. Ryan Rd., Chandler, AZ 85224, (480) 821-1108

Southern California:

Lomita Railroad Museum, 2137 West 250th Street in Lomita, California 90717, (310) 326-6255

Orange Empire Railway Museum, 2201 South A Street, Perris, California 92572, (909) 657-2605

Pacific Railroad Museum, 210 W Bonita Ave, San Dimas, California 91773, (562) 692-4858

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, 31123-1/2 Highway 94, Campo, California 91906, (619) 478-9937 (weekends)

Travel Town Museum, Griffith Park, 5200 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, California 90027, (323) 662-5874

Western America Railroad Museum, 685 North First Street Barstow, California 92311, (760) 256-WARM

Northern California:

California State Railroad Museum, 111 "I" Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 445-7387

Carter Railroad Museum & Adrenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood, Freemont, California 94555, (510) 796-9560

Laws Railroad Museum & Historic Site, U.S. Highway 6 and Silver Canyon Road, Bishop, California, (760) 873-5950

Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum, 5 Kidder Court, Nevada City, California 95959, (530) 470-0902

Niles Canyon Railway Museum, 5550 Niles Canyon Rd (Hwy 84), Sunol, California 94586, (510) 862-9063

Portola Railroad Museum, 700 Western Pacific Way, Portola, California 96122, (530) 832-4131

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, Fifth Street, Jamestown, California, (209) 984-3953

San Francisco Cable Car Museum, 1201 Mason St, San Francisco, California 94108, (415) 474-1887

San Francisco Railway Museum, 77 Steuart Street, San Francisco California 94105, (415) 974-1948

San Jose Historical Museum Trolley Barn, 1600 Senter Road, San Jose, California 95112, (408)287-2290

Western Railway Museum, Rio Vista Junction, 5848 State Highway 12, Suisun, California 94585, (707) 374-2978


Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W. 44th Avenue, Golden, Colorado 80403, ( 800) 365-6263

Pueblo Railway Museum, 200 West B Street, Pueblo, Colorado 81003, (719) 251-5024

Ridgway Railroad Museum, Ridgway, Colorado, (970) 626-5181


Nevada Northern Railway Museum, 1100 Avenue A, East Ely, Nevada 89315, (702) 289-2085

Nevada State Railroad Museum, 2180 S. Carson Street, Carson City, Nevada, 89703, (702) 687-6953

Nevada State Railroad Museum/Boulder City, 600 Yucca Street, Boulder City, Nevada 89006, (702) 486-5933


Oregon Electric Railway Museum, 3995 Brooklake Road; Brooks, Oregon, (503) 888-4014


Golden Spike National Historic Site, Utah Highway 83 west of Brigham City, Utah, (435) 471-2209


Northern Pacific Railroad Museum, 10 South Asotin Avenue, Toppenish, WA 98948, (509) 865-1911

Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 SE King Street in Snoqualmie, Washington, (425) 888-3030

Yakima Electric Railway Museum, South Third Avenue at Pine Street, Yakima, Washington, (509) 249-5962

Railroad Museum Associations:

Association of Railway Museums, P.O. Box 370, Tujunga, CA 91043-0370, (818) 951-9151

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