Western Rail Road Museum About Us

Visitor Information

 

The Western Railway Museum gives visitors the opportunity to ride historic streetcars and interurban electric trains from all over California and other western states. Streetcars loop the shaded picnic grounds. Interurban cars run over the restored main line of the old Sacramento Northern Railway. With over 50 historic cars on display, railway exhibits, the Museum Store and Gift Shop and the large, shaded picnic grounds, the Western Railway Museum is ideal for family and group outings.

Front view of Western Railway Museum

Address


Western Railway Museum
5848 State Highway 12
Suisun, CA 94585
(707) 374-2978

Approximately 12 miles East of Highway 80, on Highway 12.

Days and Hours

Unless otherwise noted the Western Railway Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am to 5pm.

From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Museum expands its hours for the summer, and is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10:30am to 5pm.

For information on days and hours of operation for our major special events, such as the Pumpkin Patch in October or Scenic Limited in April, click here.

 

Admission

Adults $10
Seniors, over 65 $9
Children (2-14) $7

A $2 Pumpkin Patch surcharge benefits the local community granting programs of the Rotary Clubs of Fairfield.

Annual memberships for individuals ($50) and families ($70) are good for free admission for one year.  Click here to sign up today

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Open Holidays of note in 2014:

  • Palm Sunday April 13
  • Easter April 20
  • Mother's Day May 11
  • Memorial Day May 26
  • Father's Day June 15
  • Independence Day July 4
  • Labor Day September 1


Closed Holidays of Note in 2013:

In 2014, the Museum is closed on the following holidays:

  • All Monday holidays except Memorial Day and Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving (Thursday November 27)
  • Christmas Eve (December 24)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • New Years Eve (December 31)
  • New Years Day (January 1)
Parking

The Visitors and Archives Center has paved and striped parking with ADA accessible spots, and plenty of bus and RV parking.

Visitor Center

Your trip to the Western Railway Museum begins in the mission-revival inspired Visitor Center. After buying your admission tickets, explore Cameron Hall, a 2400 sq. ft. display and exhibit hall designed in the grand railroad station style. Cameron Hall contains many exhibits of historic interest including a permanent exhibit on the Transportation History of Solano County. There are also several other exhibits that change periodically. Adjacent to Cameron Hall is the large Museum Store and the F.M. Smith Memorial Library and Association Archives.

The Visitor Center is available for special events, such as birthdays, weddings, conventions, and meetings.

Museum facilities are ADA-accessible with some exceptions. Many of the railcars and rolling stock have narrow passageways or steps that cannot be altered due to their historic nature. In such cases, every effort has been made to provide interpretive material that is accessible.

Museum Grounds

The grounds of the Western Railway Museum include a large car house with historic electric-powered rail vehicles you can stroll through. The 1.5 acre shaded picnic grounds are perfect for family and group outings.

Electric Operations

Volunteers operate authentic, restored trains every day we are open. Follow the paved walkway from the Visitor Center to the boarding platforms at the north end of Car House One. Your admission ticket to the Museum is good all day, and you can ride as often as you wish.

Presently the Museum offers 15-minute, mile long streetcar rides around the grounds, and a 50-minute interurban ride over the re-electrified portion of the former SN interurban mainline to Gum Grove.

Interurban trips typically depart at 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm, and 3:30pm, whenever the Museum is open to the public. Streetcar trips typically depart every 30 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays. All trips are subject to change, and weather permitting.

Food & Facilities

The Depot Café snack bar serves old-fashioned steamed hot dogs, chips, candy, snacks, sodas, ice cream, coffee, hot chocolate, hot cider, tea, and water.

The Western Railway Museum, including our Visitors’ Center, modern restrooms, Depot Café snack bar, car houses, and parking lot meet or exceed the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  However, due to the historic nature of the trains, they are not wheelchair accessible

Gas, restaurants, and lodging are available in nearby Suisun City, Fairfield and Rio Vista. We’ve included some suggestions on our Links page.

A TYPICAL VISIT

Tickets to the museum are good all day and include unlimited train rides.  You are welcome to stay as long as you like.  Most visitors find that 2 – 4 hours is sufficient to:

  • Take a train ride
  • View the exhibits in Cameron Hall
  • Tour our collection of historic trains in Car House One
  • Have a picnic in our park
  • Visit the Museum store. 
We also offer a docent-guided tour of Car House Three once daily at 1:15pm.

CAN I TAKE PUBLIC TRANSIT TO THE MUSEUM?

Unfortunately, not at this time. While you can take a Capitol Corridor train to the Suisun City/Fairfield station, there is no connecting bus service between the train station and the Museum on weekends. The Delta Breeze bus runs only Mondays through Fridays. It does not run on Saturdays and Sundays when the Museum is open to the public.

Cabs may be available at the station. A one-way cab fare between Suisun and the Museum is approximately $20.