HOLIDAY EVENT SCHEDULE: Run One and Charter operations are suspended beginning Saturday October 30th, 2021 during the Museum’s Annual Holiday Events (Day Out with Thomas and The Polar Express Train Ride) and will resume Saturday, January 8th, 2022.

The Run One Program is your chance to become a train engineer or streetcar operator. It lets you get behind the controls of some of our favorite equipment. When you arrive at the Museum for your experience you will be instructed by a qualified engineer. You will look over the locomotive or streetcar and learn how it works. Then you will climb into the driver’s seat and learn how to take it out on our mainline or loop line for a full hour.

Each rental includes one engineer’s cap and certificate of accomplishment plus a huge sense of control! This is an amazing experience for anyone and makes a wonderful gift.


The Ultimate Run One Steam Experience

The Steam Experience is the ultimate day for anyone who has ever wanted to operate a real steam locomotive.

Participants arrive at 7:30 am and spend the morning with the crew learning about both the engine and helping get it ready for operation. Then it’s off to the Mainline for a full hour behind the throttle! Your Steam Experience will be an unforgettable memory, or it also makes a great gift. Cost $750

The Ultimate Run One Steam Experience
The Ultimate Run One Steam Experience

Diesel Locomotives

Enjoy operating one of our diesel locomotives on our mainline track. Throttling up one of these large powerful machines is an unmatched thrill.

Freight ($300/hour)
Southern Pacific 3100

Passenger ($350/hour)
Union Pacific 942

Passenger ($350/hour)
Santa Fe 108

Switcher ($250/hour)
Southern Pacific 1474


Switcher ($250/hour)
OERM 1956

Switcher ($250/hour)
Southern Pacific 1006

Electric Streetcars

You can operate an electric streetcar on our mainline track or on the loop line that circles part of the Museum grounds. Enjoy a trip to the past where these streetcars carried people through the Los Angeles area.

Mainline ($150/hour)
Pacific Electric 418

Mainline ($150/hour)
Pacific Electric 717

Loop line ($100/hour)
Los Angeles Railway 1201

Loop line ($100/hour)
Los Angeles Railway 3001


Loop line ($150/hour)
Los Angeles Railway 3100

Loop line ($100/hour)
Pacific Electric 332 (Birney)


This activity is very popular and sometimes books up well in advance of available days.

Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance with deposit via credit card. No refunds for no shows unless severe weather conditions (heavy rain, floods, high winds, snow). Locomotives and streetcars will usually run rain or sunshine.

The VC2 is only available the 3rd weekend of each month.

Diesel and Electric Cars are available Friday between 9am-4:30, or Saturdays/Sundays at 9am.

Two people may share a rental hour for the VC2, and up to four people may share a rental hour for other equipment.

Engineer Trainee minimum age is 18, however, 5 years and older may ride along with an adult. Train availability varies; please call the Museum Front Desk for details.

The safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors is the Museum’s highest priority. In order to continue offering this unique experience SCRM has enacted the following safety protocols:

  • Face masks must be worn throughout the duration of the experience.
  • Only one person is allowed in the cab with engineer at a time (unless the trainee is a minor, in which case an adult must be present).
  • Please review our most current COVID-19 guidelines HERE.

To book your Run One experience, call the Museum at (951) 943-3020, e‑mail or complete our Run One Rental Info Form for more information.

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