Spring 2015 Brakeman Class

Want to be a member of our operating train crews? There will be a two-day hands-on class at the Museum in Campo, CA on April 18 and May 2, 2015. To start your training to become a qualified brakeman on the San Diego and Arizona Railway, both of these days of training are necessary. Another sixteen hours of classroom training – two four-hour sessions and one 8 hour session – are required. These rules classes will scheduled for various days this spring.

The classes are open to anyone 16 years of age and above. However, a minimum age of 18 is required to be qualified as a brakeman. The job can be physically demanding at times, but if you are interested, please come out and take the class. We consider the traditional “brakeman” term to be gender neutral, so do not let the term scare away the ladies!

In order to take the class and become qualified as a brakeman, you must be a member of the museum. There are many other benefits of becoming a member, so please check our Membership Page for further information. You may sign-up for membership here.

For class details and sign-up information, contact the Brakeman Class Admins.  Class size is limited, so please sign up soon!

Private Cars on the Move

Last Saturday, the Pullman business car Robert Peary got to stretch its legs behind our regularly scheduled Golden State Limited excursion train.  In the video above, the Robert Peary leads the shove from the yard to the Campo Depot on a windy Campo morning.

Did you know you can reserve on of the museum’s private railcars for your next party, event, or family gathering?  Perfect for the train lover in your family, chartering a private railcar for the day offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience to ride in style aboard early 20th-century passenger cars.  Enjoy a ride on the open platform of our two business cars or sit back and relax in the comfortable lounge chairs inside.  For more information about private railcar parties and events, please click the links or send us an email on the Contact Us page.

Thank You for Another Great Year!

The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum would like to thank you for all of your support this past year.  Please enjoy a short video captured on Saturday, December 20th of the last North Pole Limited train of the year heading back to the yard to be cleaned and serviced (with lots of train horn, so turn up your speakers).  Our North Pole Limited trains were again a success due to your participation and contributions.  We hope to see you soon at Campo or La Mesa.

Golden State Trains Return to Normal Schedule

SD&A 7285The schedule for our weekend Golden State Limited vintage passenger train journeys returns to its spring schedule on Saturday and Sunday, January 10th & 11th. The Museum will be closed until the first train runs on Saturday, January 1oth.  These leisurely 12-mile, one-hour trips down the mountain to Tunnel 4 and return will depart historic Campo depot at 11 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. each weekend. Reservations are not required (NOTE: members always ride the Golden State Limited for free.  For more information about becoming a member, click here).

Limited opportunities are also available to ride in the vintage diesel locomotive with the engineer and help blow the engine’s horn. Seats are limited for this opportunity and advance reservations ARE required. Click “cab ride” on the calendar for the date and time you wish to ride. For groups larger than two, switching is available (for up to four people) at no extra charge.  Did you purchase a coach ticket on the Golden State and want to upgrade to a locomotive cab ride?  No problem!  Just ask the ticket agent at the Campo Depot about upgrading your coach ticket.