From the Museum Mailbag


Engineer for an Hour

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It’s that time of year again, folks!  Now it’s your turn to operate the controls of a real Diesel locomotive under the supervision of one of the San Diego and Arizona Railway’s certified locomotive engineers.  This truly unique experience is only available in the summers at PSRM in Campo – you won’t want to miss it.  You can learn more about our Engineer for an Hour program by clicking here.  There are limited numbers of tickets available for Engineer for an Hour.  Reserve yours today before they’re all gone!

Virtual Tour at Campo

Fresh off the development board, we have a new video that we would like to share with you.  One of our new members, George Cataulin from Left Coast Rail Videos in San Diego, has created a lovely virtual tour of the Campo facility which includes some fantastic aerial footage of the train as well as a walk through of the buildings and displays at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum.  We hope you will check it out.

The video is also posted on our website under the visitor information area and can be viewed by clicking here.  Highball!

Imperial Bird Arrives At Campo

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After several months of hard work, the Pullman sleeper Imperial Bird has completed its journey from East Los Angeles to Campo.  From the logistical planning and partial disassembly to the movement and reassembly, PSRMA volunteers kept a careful eye on “the Bird” while she traveled to her new nest at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum.  The full history of the car, once one of the most luxurious accommodations offered on Union Pacific’s named trains, is now posted on our website along with a collection of photographs from the move to the Museum.  Many thanks are due to Pacific Railroad Society for their thoughtful donation and to Association members Robbie Smith, Martin Caestecker, John Shannon, and the Hyatt family for their efforts to ensure the car made it to Campo (which included rolling out both trucks, removal of the Waukesha ice engine and enginator, removal of the propane tank carrier, dissassembly of all four brake cylinders to make the trucks movable by truck, plus planning and coordination efforts).  Short term plans see the Bird’s interior cleaned up and the car put on interpretive static display for visitors to enjoy as a look into vintage sleeping car travel and accommodations.  When time and funds permit, Imperial Bird will again bear the Union Pacific’s iconic Armour Yellow and Harbormist Grey livery as part of a full interior and exterior restoration.