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!

Updated Hours of Operation for 2016

Effective immediately, our hours of operation at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo, CA will be as follows for the remainder of 2016:

July 9 – October 2:

Museum Grounds: open only on Sundays 9:00am – 5:00pm

Train Rides:  Valley Flyer Caboose Train: Sundays all day between 11:00am and 4:00pm

October 8 – October 30:

Museum Grounds: open Saturdays and Sundays 9:00am – 5:00pm

Train Rides: Pumpkin Express: Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30am, 12:15pm, and 2:30pm

November 5 – November 20:

Museum Grounds: open Saturdays and Sundays 9:00am – 5:00pm

Train Rides:  Valley Flyer Caboose Train: Saturdays and Sundays all day between 11:00am and 4:00pm

November 25 – December 17:

Museum Grounds:  open Fridays and Saturdays 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Train Rides: North Pole Limited: Fridays and Saturdays at 5:00pm and 7:00pm

December 18 – January 6, 2017:

Museum Grounds Closed All Days

No Train Rides

Discovering Steam in Color

Photographs, videos, written accounts, and physical artifacts all help tell the story of the equipment that is preserved under the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association’s careful watch. Every now and then, you stumble upon something truly special. In this case – a color photograph of Coos Bay Lumber Company 2-8-2T #11 which is currently under restoration in Campo. While browsing the well-known railroad discussion forum Trainorders.com, Vice President Martin Caestecker saw this picture posted to the Steam Railroading forum by photographer and steam photograph collector Martin Hansen. Pictured here in the late spring of 1961, #11 takes on water and oil as she is preparing to haul a group of Boy Scouts down the railroad from the Powers, Oregon shops of Georgia Pacific (formerly owned by the Coos Bay Lumber Company).
On May 7 of 1961, Coos Bay #11 takes on water and oil outside the shops at Powers, OR in preparation for taking a group of Boy Scouts on a train ride.  Photo by R. E. Burke - Martin Hansen Collection.
The Association is always searching for photographs of our equipment in their natural habitats. If you have one, we encourage you to contact us so we can add it to our website or library collections.