From the Museum Mailbag

2021 Rules Class Dates Scheduled

The San Diego and Arizona Railway will be sending out railroad Rules and Review notices by mail for existing railroad personnel shortly.  These letters will list which class(es) you are due for.  New volunteers interested in train operations or trainees who have not yet attended Rules and Review may also attend these classes.

This year, for the first time, Rules and Review classes will be held at:

Lakeside Historical Society
9906 Maine Ave.
Lakeside, CA  92040

2021 Class dates and times are as follows:

Safety and Security Class – 4 hours of instruction
Sunday, July 18 starting at 09:00
Saturday, July 31 starting at 09:00
Saturday, August 14 starting at 09:00

General Code of Operating Rules Class – 8 hours of instruction, 1 hour lunch break
Saturday, July 17 starting at 09:00
Sunday, August 15 starting at 09:00
Saturday, August 28 starting at 09:00

Air Brake Class (for Brakemen and Conductors) – 4 hours of instruction
Sunday, July 18 starting at 14:00
Saturday, July 31 starting at 14:00
Saturday, August 14 starting at 14:00

Air Brake and Train Handling Class (for Engineers) – 8 hours of instruction, 1 hour lunch break
Saturday, August 1 starting at 09:00
Saturday, August 29 starting at 09:00

Museums in Campo and La Mesa Closed Until Further Notice

Last week, the state of California enacted new policies to control the spread of COVID-19.  Under these new policies, museums and other similar attractions must remain closed until the Southern California region has an ICU bed capacity of greater than 15%.  This closure will last at least three weeks and could extend into 2021 depending on many factors.  As a result, PSRMA must cancel its remaining Santa Express train rides in 2020.  Refund information will be sent out via email to any ticketed passengers.  A 2021 reopening date has not been established.  Please check our website for updates.

During these exceedingly difficult times, your continued support is invaluable.  We hope that you might consider making a small donation to help keep the wheels turning while we wait to safely reopen.  Every little bit helps.  More information is available at

All of the volunteers at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association wish you a very Merry Christmas in whatever form your holiday takes this year.

Introducing the Santa Express

We hope that you and your family will join us for our Santa Express train ride offered Saturdays and Sundays between November 28 and December 20.

Enjoy a daytime train ride and a visit with Santa.  Full event details can be found at

PSRMA members have exclusive early access to ticket sales through November 4 at 8:00 AM.  Simply enter your membership number when prompted for your Member ID during checkout.  If you do not know your membership number or have not received one yet, please email us at so we may help you.

This is not our normal North Pole Limited experience.  Several factors including San Diego County restrictions prevent us from having our usual event this year.  If you have questions, please let us know.