SD&A Centennial Day Schedule

The tentative schedule of events for November 16th is listed below.  All events subject to change or reschedule.  Museum Grounds Open at 9:00 AM.

 

All-Day Activities:

Model A and Model T Fords and Horseless Carriages on Display

Hay-wagon rides

Julian Stage rides (10 passenger motor stage built in 1912)

Vintage railroad equipment on display: steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars, boxcars, cabooses, maintenance-of-way, and more.

Exhibits on the history of the SD&A and other railroads.

 

9 am.  Ceremony to unveil and dedicate a 100th anniversary commemorative plaque placed by the Native Sons of the Golden West to document this significant milestone of the San Diego & Arizona Railway.

9 am – 5 pm.  A miniature steam train will be exhibited and demonstrated, courtesy of Chula Vista Live Steamers, along with other displays.

Intermittently throughout the day (AM and PM).  The popular Trails and Rails trio will perform western and train songs. They are an award-winning musical act that entertains with toe-tapping enthusiasm and audience-pleasing commentary to supplement their songs.

9:45 am.  Lively demonstration of a meticulously restored 1902 steam-powered firefighting pump.  Watch as the fire crew demonstrates how to tame even the most horrible blaze with the implements in use over a century ago.   Be careful where you stand to view the action – you might get wet!  Stop by during the day for pictures and a meet-and-greet with Dottie the firehouse Dalmatian.

11:00 am.  Centennial Train I ($) departs the Campo Depot, with boarding by 10:30 am.  Limited space on first class cars (1509, 576, Robert Peary) may be available.  All passengers will be given a special keepsake item associated with the original 1919-era San Diego & Arizona Railway.  Train tickets can be purchased here.

11:00 am.  Dr. Solar‘s Good-Time, Sunshine, Traveling Medicine Show will take the stage with a mix of magic, curiosity, ventriloquism, and more.  You can read more about the show at https://www.drsolar.com/.

11:00 am – 12:30 pm.  Lunch catered by Descanso Junction Catering ($, advance reservations).  Pulled pork sandwich, gourmet hot dog, hamburger, or veggie burger, plus coleslaw and French fries, soda or water.  Lunch tickets can be purchased here.

12 noon.  Live music will be performed near the catered lunch site.

1 pm.  GOLDEN SPIKE CEREMONY AND REENACTMENT.  Visitors will assemble at a site near the museum’s  Display Building for a modern-day ceremony and historic reenactment of that landmark ritual  in Carriso Gorge.  Speakers will include Museum leadership, government officials, and contemporary railroad executives from San Diego County, Imperial County, and Baja California, Mexico.  Rumor has it that the day will be officially declared “San Diego & Arizona Railway Day” in San Diego County!

The reenactment will include excerpts from speeches given on November 15, 1919, at the original Golden Spike Ceremony.  John D. Spreckels will drive the gold-plated spike to signify the completion of the last link in an American transcontinental rail network.  (Yes, the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum is in possession of that original spike that JD Spreckels used to mark completion of his “Impossible Railroad!”)  Some of Spreckels’ descendants will be honored guests.  The City Guard Band will play the same song that was written for and performed by the City Guard Band at the original Golden Spike Ceremony.

2 pm.  Dr. Solar‘s Good-Time, Sunshine, Traveling Medicine Show will take the stage with a mix of magic, curiosity, ventriloquism, and more.  You can read more about the show at https://www.drsolar.com/.

2:30 pm.  Lively demonstration of a meticulously restored 1902 steam-powered firefighting pump.  Watch as the fire crew demonstrates how to tame even the most horrible blaze with the implements in use over a century ago.  Be careful where you stand to view the action – you might get wet!  Stop by during the day for pictures and a meet-and-greet with Dottie the firehouse Dalmatian.

3 pm.  Centennial Train II ($) departs the Campo Depot, with boarding by 2:30 pm.  Limited space on first class cars (1509, 576, Robert Peary) may be available.  All passengers will be given a special keepsake item associated with the original 1919-era San Diego & Arizona Railway.  Train tickets can be purchased here.

5 pm.  The Campo Railroad Park and Museum closes.

SD&A Centennial home page

SD&A Groundbreaking Festival    (September 7, 2019)

Centennial Gala Dinner (November 1, 2019) ⇐soon!

SD&A Centennial Calendar of Events