Western Rail Road Museum Upcoming Events

For the current schedule of operations, click here.

Members Day
September 21

111 by Karl JohnsonSave the date for our annual celebration of members: Sunday, September 21 from 10:30am - 5pm.

No need to RSVP, and despite the name, all are welcome. Museum members: show your valid member card for free admission. Non-members just need to pay the regular museum admission to join the fun (or sign up in person to become a member!) 

Bring a picnic, or grab lunch at the Depot Café. The Café will be open all day, serving old-fashioned steamed hot dogs, hot links, Boca Burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, candy, popcorn, ice cream, ice-cold drinks, and more.

Plans include behind the scenes tours, photo opportunities, special historical presentations, rare films, and special train operations on the historic Sacramento Northern rail line of:

Bay Bridge Unit #187
Sacramento Northern #1005
the new San Diego LRV #1018
Crandic #111
MUNI PCC #1016
MUNI "Iron Monster" #178
Melbourne Tram #648

We'll be adding events to the schedule, as activities are confirmed by various departments. The current schedule is:

ALL DAY:

  • Depot Café is open serving hotdogs, gourmet sausages, grilled cheese Boca burgers, ice cream, popcorn, sodas, and water.
  • Library is open and offering free “white elephant” give-aways to members who show their valid membership card.
  • Rides on Visalia Electric diesel locomotive #502 on the Branch Line. Board at the “Chabot Road” platform between Laflin Park and the boarding platform in front of Car House One.
  • Car House One lead tracks photo opportunity: Sacramento Northern Birney streetcar 62.
  • Car House Two south lead tracks photo opportunity: Track Equipment.
  • Car House Three lead tracks photo opportunity: Key System wrecker 1011, Central California traction box motor 7, Richmond Shipyard Railway train 561 & 563, overhead lines equipment.
  • Volunteer sign-ups throughout the day at the Admissions Desk.

11:00am Interurban Trip: Key System Bridge Unit #187
11:05am Library Presentation: History of the Association and the Museum (45 min.)
11:30am Streetcar Trip: MUNI PCC Streetcar #1016

12:01pm Streetcar Trip: MUNI PCC Streetcar #1016
12:05pm Portland Traction Restoration Project Q & A in the Restoration Shop (25 min.)
12:30pm Interurban Trip: The Scenic Limited: SN #1005, OA&E #1020, and SL&U #751

1:00pm Streetcar Trip: MUNI #178
1:05pm Library Film: Rare Insley J. Brain films of bay area electric railways (45 min.)
1:15pm Car House 3 guided tour (45 min.)
1:30pm Streetcar Trip: MUNI #178

2:00pm Interurban Trip: SD LRV #1018
2:05pm Car House 3 guided tour (45 min.)
2:30pm Streetcar Trip: MUNI #178

3:00pm Streetcar Trip: SD LRV #1018
3:05pm Library Film: Rare Insley J. Brain films of the Pacific Electric (45 min.)
3:30pm Interurban Trip: Crandic #111

4:00pm Streetcar Trip: Melbourne Tram #648
4:30pm Streetcar Trip: Melbourne Tram #648

Pumpkin Patch Festival
Saturdays and Sundays
October 11-26

Pumpkin Patch Get your Halloween Jack-o-Lantern and spend a great day in the country. Each Saturday and Sunday from October 11 – 26, the Western Railway Museum will run special “Pumpkin Patch Trains” from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Gather the family and begin at the Western Railway Museum. The first electric express train leaves at 10:00 AM with departures every half-hour until 4pm. The ride on a historic life-sized electric train takes visitors back in time on a scenic five-mile trip to Gum Grove Station, a wooded glen far from the trappings of modern life.

Local Rotarians from the Fairfield-Suisun, Cordelia, and Dixon Rotary Clubs are rallying together to make the event a success, providing a hay bale fort, food, tractor rides, music, games and of course, pumpkins for sale, just in time for Halloween.

Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors (65 and up), and $9 for children (ages 2 –14). Prices include admission to the Museum and to the Pumpkin Patch, unlimited train rides, use of the Museum’s spacious and shaded picnic grounds, and free parking. Please note that there are no advanced reservations.

All proceeds benefit the Western Railway Museum (a nonprofit educational institution) and the local Rotary Clubs who provide thousands of dollars to local community and youth activities each year.