The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, located in Campo, California, is about an hour east from San Diego. This off the beaten track museum is a must-see destination for railroad enthusiasts and for families seeking a memorable day trip. Take a scenic ride in a historic refurbished train car through the mountains and desert.
The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum (PSRM) is a non-profit that was started as the Railway Historical Society of San Diego by Eric Sanders and Douglas Duncan in an effort to preserve the San Diego Electric Railway streetcar system that was being dismantled in 1949. By 1964, the organization formally incorporated as the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association and they began to solicit donations of locomotives, railcars and other historic exhibits to realize their goal of creating a museum where visitors could look at vintage trains in various stages of restoration and go for a ride as well.
The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum runs trains year-round with different seasonal schedules as well as special holiday trains and even seasonal “locomotive engineer for an hour” days.
The operating hours of the Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum vary based on the season, so check the website to verify hours and special excursions. Train ride options range in pricing depending on the duration and the type of excursion chosen. The museum grounds and exhibit hall are open to the public on most weekends. Visitors have the option to to purchase museum admission only, or they may purchase train ride tickets which include the cost of admission.
Golden State Excursion
Sit back and relax while the San Diego countryside rolls by during a pleasant round trip train ride on the historic San Diego & Arizona Railway. The Golden State is the Museum’s classic weekend excursion that has been in operation since 1986. You will depart from the Campo Depot for the approximately 45-minute ride after visiting the Museum’s gift shop and ticket office. The best views on this trip are on the end of the train and at the open door box car. Due to federal requirements from the TSA and FRA, face coverings are mandatory on all portions of any train ride.
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
The Bunny Train excursions take place annually to celebrate Easter. Festivities include a 45-minute train ride in San Diego’s mountain countryside, a visit with the Easter Bunny and an Easter Egg hunt. Please visit their website for a full description and schedule of the events. We recommend reserving your desired seats in advance! Details and Tickets Here.
The Pumpkin Express excursions take place annually to celebrate Halloween. Rides are offered during the month of October. After a scenic hour train ride in a vintage train car decorated for Halloween thrills and chills, passengers are dropped off at the display building where they can explore two haunted trains, a pumpkin patch and interact with a “spooktacular” cast of ghosts and ghouls. Details and Tickets Here.
The famous North Pole Limited returns to celebrate the holiday season. This special holiday production is offered with the help of the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association’s volunteers in cooperation with Mountain Empire and Bonita Vista Valley High Schools. Details and Tickets Here.
Visit Pacific Southwest Railway Museum
750 Depot Street
Campo, CA 91906
(619) 478-9937 weekends only
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
750 Depot Street, Campo, CA