Collections

Collections Restoration Projects

Los Angeles Transit Lines 2601
Restoration of LATL 2601 is almost complete. The major remaining project is replacing the damaged cast iron wheels with wrought steel wheels. The new wheels are in stock. The trucks need to be removed from the car and placed in the shop. The motors have to be removed before the existing wheel sets are rolled out and sent to a wheel shop to have the old wheels pressed off. The new wheels will be pressed onto the axles, the axles will be returned to the Museum, and the trucks will be reassembled.

Pacific Electric 1624
PE 1624 needs to be painted inside and out. When 1624 was retired, the cab interior was painted a light gray. This project to return the cab to its original colors is underway. However, it needs additional volunteers to complete the preparation, priming, and painting of the cab interior and to prepare the exterior for painting.

Sacramento Northern 653
SN 653 needs its cab interior cleaned and painted. Its electric power control contactors need cleaning. Although they’re operable, the contactors need renewal to ensure reliable performance.

Current Collections

Pacific Electric

Pacific Electric (PE) was America’s largest interurban electric railway system, blanketing the Los Angeles region with more than 1,000 miles of rail lines.

Southern Pacific

In its heyday, the Southern Pacific was the most powerful company in California. Founded in 1865, the Southern Pacific (SP) was originally created as a rail line from San Francisco to San Diego.

Union Pacific

The Union Pacific was the last major railroad completed to Los Angeles in 1905. Its beginnings stretched back to 1862 when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railroad Act.

Grizzly Flats

The story of the Grizzly Flats Railroad began in 1938, in the backyard of Ward and Betty Kimball’s San Gabriel, California orange grove.

Other Electric Railways

In addition to its large collection of electric railway vehicles from the Los Angeles area, the Museum has trolleys from several other California cities including San Diego, Fresno, Bakersfield, San Francisco and Sacramento.

Los Angeles Railway

The Los Angeles Railway (LARy) was the city’s local streetcar system. The streetcars used a yellow paint scheme, so they became known as the Yellow Cars.

Ventura County Railway

The Ventura County Railway No. 2 is the Museum’s operating steam engine. During special events and select weekends throughout the year, you can ride a train behind the VC2 and experience the excitement of an operating steam locomotive.

Santa Fe Railway

The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, often abbreviated as Santa Fe, was one of the nation’s largest railways.