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Behind The Scenes

April 6-7, 2024

Go “Behind the Scenes” at the Museum and see what goes into maintaining the West’s largest collection of rail cars, with tours and access to areas not normally open to the public.

At this annual all-day event, visitors get special access to locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban electric cars and artifacts dating back to 1870.

Bring the family for a fun and fascinating day! Activities at Behind the Scenes will feature tours, and access to maintenance and restoration areas not normally open to the public (like Carhouse 7).

Admission includes unlimited rides on other classic passenger trains and streetcars of Southern California’s railroad past. This gated event supports museum operations and the continued restoration of historic rail cars and rail lines.

Dates
April 6, 2023 9AM – 5PM
April 7, 2023 9AM – 5PM

Event Tickets

Details

  • Behind the Scenes: Admission is free to members! Non-member Admission is $15 for ages 12 and up, $10 for children ages 5 to 11, and children ages 4 and under are free.
  • Tickets available Online and at the Box Office on the day of the event.

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Event Agenda: Saturday, April 6th

Open Exhibits: 

  • Grizzly Flats (Narrow Gauge 19th Century Collection)
  • Fred Harvey Museum
  • Carhouse 1 (LA Railway Collection)
  • Machine Shop
  • Carhouse 4 (Blimp, RPO, and Steam Collection)
  • Carhouse 7 (Diesel Restoration House)

Bus will be operating to transport guests from Broadway to CH7 -> CH4 -> back to Broadway

Features:

  • Cab Tour and UP Consist Walkthrough in CH 7
  • Photo Opportunity in front of CH4
  • Maintenance of Way Equipment Showcase on connecting track at Main Platform (featuring our new Ballast Tamper 208!)
  • Mini Run Ones Featuring FM 560 (unique and only opportunity to get behind the throttle of 560 as this is not a locomotive that is part of our Run One roster) **Additional costs apply – $50
  • LA Railway Car Display on Broadway

Operations:

Mainline Train at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm
Consist will include historical cars and First Class Mt Rubidoux (first class ride is an additional cost)

Mainline Electric at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, and 4:30pm – LARy 525

Loop Line on-demand from 11am – 4pm – LA Metro 144

Event Agenda: Sunday, April 7

Open Exhibits: 

  • Grizzly Flats (Narrow Gauge 19th Century Collection)
  • Carhouse 1 (LA Railway Collection)
  • Carhouse 4 (Blimp, RPO, and Steam Collection)
  • Carhouse 7 (Diesel Restoration House)

Bus will be operating to transport guests from Broadway to CH7 -> CH4 -> back to Broadway

Features:

  • Cab Tour and UP Consist Walkthrough in CH 7
  • Photo Opportunity in front of CH4
  • Maintenance of Way Equipment Showcase on connecting track at Main Platform (featuring our new Ballast Tamper 208!)
  • Mini Run Ones Featuring SP 1006 **Additional costs apply – $25
  • LA Railway Car Display on Broadway

Operations:

Mainline Train at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm
Consist will include historical cars and First Class Mt Rubidoux (first class ride is an additional cost)

Mainline Electric at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, and 4:30pm – San Diego 1008

Loop Line on-demand 11am – 4pm: PE 717