Returning to our Mission
"To preserve the regional history of electric railways as a living resource for the benefit of present and future generations"
Electric railroads of the 20th century helped bind cities together and helped bind cities into regions, supporting regional business and transportation needs. Often they acted as the connection between local communities and the big national railroads.
In times like these, we are well aware we are just one of the many voices asking for your support. Recent donations have allowed us to properly outfit our museum facilities and staff for safe operation, and therefore a return to public operation.
Your gift of any amount helps the continued pursuit of its mission. The Western Railway Museum is a 501 (c)(3) public benefit, non-profit corporation, and your donations are tax deductible
Help Save The San Diego Electric PCC 502
We have a unique opportunity to acquire the first Presidents Conference Committee (PCC) streetcar to arrive on the West Coast. PCCs were the last streetcars built in the United States prior to the Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) era. San Diego Electric Railway PCC #502 has been offered to the museum. We need your help to acquire and preserve this historic streetcar where it will join our fleet of historic equipment.
Museum Re-opens July 25th
With safety protocols in place to guard against Covid-19, the Western Railway Museum will resume public programs on Saturday July 25th. We are looking forward to seeing happy families enjoying a day at the museum again!
As we prepare to welcome visitors again, we hope you'll help us keep everyone at the museum safe and healthy. As we re-open, admission to the Western Railway Museum will be by reservation only. Please reserve your time and tickets on this website or by contacting the museum by phone or email.
Museum visitors will be required to wear face coverings in all museum buildings and while riding the trains. If you do not have a suitable face covering, we will have them available for you at the museum's reception desk.
When visiting the museum, you can expect:
-the museum adheres to California and Solano County guidelines for facility safety.
-enhanced cleaning and sanitation of our visitors center and operating rail cars
-all staff will be wearing masks, for protection of the public and staff, including our valuable volunteers.
Summer is just underway. We hope to see you and your family enjoying a sunny afternoon at the Western Railway Museum soon!