The past two months here at the museum have been a productive one. We are currently preparing to open the museum very soon with the return on our interurban and streetcar ride on the scenic Sacramento Northern. In preparation, we are inspecting our historic equipment to make sure it's all safe to use. Our volunteer operators are also getting some practice time on the streetcars and going over safe Covid-19 protocols.
On January January 29th, 2021 the former Sacramento Northern Woodland branch closed its freight operations after 109 years! The railroad is now owned by the Sierra Northern Railway which opted to close the railroad's freight operations so flood control can be improved.
The Rapid Transit History Center (RTHC) is an exciting new project by the Western Railway Museum. The RTHC will give guests the opportunity to learn about the history of the Bay Area Rapid Transit or better known as BART. Museum guests will learn about early concepts and challenges BART had when constructing a new transit system during the Space Age.
The Western Railway Museum is excited to announce the completion of the San Diego Electric Railway 502 fundraiser. With your gracious donations, we were able to raise over $20,000 in just two months! All of us at the museum are humbled by the wonderful donors who stepped forward to help save this historic PCC car.
The museum’s shop is back to work on various projects around the museum with new implemented safety guidelines to make sure everyone is safe and healthy. The LRV maintenance crew returned with two goals in mind. Return San Diego MTS 1018 to service and continue work on the SF Muni 1258.
Dear Members and Friends of the Museum,
The Bay Area Electric Railroad Association’s fiscal year ended on September 30th. As most of you are aware, the Museum has been closed to the public in an abundance of caution since early March due to the COVID-19 emergency. We share the same mix of emotions as all of you have been having during these times and are anxious to return to normal. We are looking forward to seeing all of your smiling faces on our historic electric interurban trains and streetcars out here at Rio Vista Junction when we are able to reopen. It has been disappointing to all of us here at the Western Railway Museum not to be able to be open every weekend or to offer all of our favorite events like Pumpkin Patch, Scenic Limited, and Santa Train to our visiting public.