Train Museums and Rides

The following locations offer exhibits of working, model and replica locomotives, cabooses and trolleys, and/or rides and party packages.

 

Griffith Park – Travel Town Museum, 5200 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, (323) 662-5874; and Griffith Park and Southern Railroad, 4400 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, (800) 438-1297, www.griffithparktrainrides.com.

 

Heritage Park Train Exhibit – Climbable engine, caboose and engineer equipment, plus a museum. 12100 Mora Drive, Santa Fe Springs. (562) 946-6476. www.tinyurl.com/heritageparkrail

 

Irvine Park Railroad at Irvine Regional Park – 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. (714) 997-3968.
www.irvineparkrailroad.com

 

Lomita Railroad Museum – 2137 W. 250th St., Lomita. (310) 326-6255. www.lomita-rr.org

 

Orange County Model Engineers – Conducted on the third weekend of each month, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Rides are free, donations are welcome. Fairview Park, 2480 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa. (949) 54-TRAIN. www.ocmetrains.org

 

Orange Empire Railway Museum – Demonstrations, tours, rides and special events. 2201 South A St., Perris. (951) 943-3020. www.oerm.org

 

Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park – Train is inside the zoo. 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana. (714) 836-4000. www.santaanazoo.org

 

San Diego – San Diego Model Railroad Museum, features a large model railroad display and train memorabilia, 1649 El Prado, (619) 696-0199, www.sdmrm.org. Balboa Park Miniature Railroad, a three-minute, half-mile trip on a model train, 1800 Zoo Place, (619) 239-4748, www.tinyurl.com/balboarr.

 

Southern California Live Steamers – Public run days on the first Sunday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and third Saturday, noon – 3 p.m. of each month. Rides are free, donations are welcome. Wilson Park, 2290 Washington Ave., Torrance. www.southerncalifornialivesteamers.org