Throughout the year, we rely heavily on contributions to keep the Association running. Your donation today ensures that our collections will be preserved for generations and generations to come. The default donation option is the General Fund, which goes towards our day-to-day spending needs. You may also donate to one of our special collection funds where donations may be made to a specific project or entity at the Association. A description of each fund is listed below.
Donations in any amount are appreciated. Every little bit helps us maintain our presence in the preservation community. If you have any other specific donation requests, please contact us first.
PSRMA is a qualified tax exempt organization (EIN 95-2374478), and all donations are tax deductible under 501(c)(3).
A Special Thank You to Our 2018 Donors:
County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program
County of San Diego Neighborhood Reinvestment Program
Bob Schussler/Sandy Schussler
Gerald Thomas Lester
Jim and Dawn Lundquist
Intel Corporation, The Benevity Community Impact Fund
Richard & Janet Paulus in Memory of Ann Ruppert
David and Marcia Gill in Honor of Mike McIntyre
Kenneth Martin Beem Trust
Any Budget Printing
San Diego Gas and Electric
City of La Mesa
San Diego Metropolitan Transit System
Active Special Collection Funds:
The San Diego & Arizona Railway was built by John D. Spreckels 1907-1919 to directly connect San Diego with the southern transcontinental rail network to the east. The museum will celebrate the 100th anniversary of this “Impossible Railroad” which has endured through a never-ending series of adverse challenges and disasters. The Centennial celebration will be on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at the Campo Railroad Park and Museum. The gold spike ceremony will be re-enacted, possibly with a descendant of JD Spreckels. Many special programs are planned for that day as well as throughout 2019. Donations to the SD&A Centennial fund will assist with expenses related to the Centennial celebration, commemorative program, traveling exhibit, and promotional material.
Locomotive and Car Restoration
At the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, we are always working on repairing or restoring locomotives or train cars from our collection. The Locomotive and Car Restoration fund directly supports our efforts to return as much of our collection as possible to active service for your enjoyment. You can view our entire collection of locomotives, cars, and other on-rail equipment at psrm.org/trains.
Southern Pacific 70T GE switch locomotive #5119 is close to the hearts of many at the Association. Having just received an extensive fuel injection and oil system overhaul, 5119 has returned to active duty after years of stagnation in the PSRM yard. Now that the locomotive is operational, the next step in 5119’s restoration is returning the locomotive to it’s original appearance. Plans call for all of 5119’s original fixtures to be reinstalled, post-manufacture additions removed, and a brand new paint job in SP’s “Tiger Stripes” paint scheme like the locomotive would have worn while in service in San Diego County. You can read more about 5119 on its detailed equipment page.
One of the Association’s newest acquisitions, Southern Pacific low-nosed GP-9 #3709 was just the second of its type to be delivered to the SP in 1959. SP owned the locomotive until it was sold to the US Army Transportation School in 1987 where it bounced around the country among multiple service branches before being acquired by the PSRMA in 2013. Though restoration has not yet begun on this locomotive, the locomotive ran shortly before acquisition. Plans call for the full SP light package to be reinstalled, post-manufacture additions to be removed, and a fresh SP “Bloody Nose” paint scheme applied to her exterior. The locomotive also needs new batteries and fluids (a cost upwards of $13,000 just by itself!). You can read more about 3709 on its equipment page.
Perhaps the rarest of PSRMA’s collection of diesel locomotives, SP Alco RS-32 #7304 is one of only three locomotives of its type formerly owned by the SP that still exist today. Once part of a fleet of just 35 SP-owned RS-32s, 7304 was sold to the Chrome Crankshaft company in the late 1970s and leased to the San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railroad for service in San Diego. The locomotive was then sold to he J. R. Simplot company, an agriculture company based in Idaho, before being donated to the Feather River Railroad Society in early 1990 and acquired by PSRMA in the early 2000s. When time and funds permit, the locomotive is to be restored to original condition and returned to demonstration service at Campo. You can read more about 7304 on its equipment page.
SD&A 050 – Carriso Gorge
Of all of the passenger cars in PSRMA’s collection, the 050 is the most historically significant piece in our collection as it pertains to our mission statement. Delivered to the Southern Pacific in February of 1910, the San Diego and Arizona Railway agreed to purchase the car from the SP in 1919 and converted into railroad president John D. Spreckels’ personal business car. Delivered in 1922 after conversion was complete, the 050 remained in SD&A’s fleet until being leased and eventually reacquired by the SP in the early 1950s. After conversion into a hospital car and use between Los Angeles and El Paso by the SP, the car was eventually donated to the Railway Historical Society in San Diego who preserved the car along with SD&A steam locomotive #104 at the San Diego County Fairgrounds until being moved to Campo on the first Great Freight in 1983. After sitting for nearly thirty years outside and unprotected from the elements the car was significantly deteriorated by the harsh conditions at the Fairgrounds. Significant funding is required to return the car to it’s former 1922 glory. Necessary restoration work includes exterior and interior woodwork, reinstallation of several original walls and fixtures as well as mechanical repairs and upgrades. SD&A #050 remains in storage at the Display Building in Campo until enough funds can be raised to restore the car to its former glory. We estimate that this restoration may cost several hundred thousand dollars to complete. More information on SD&A 050 can be found on its equipment page.
Southwest Railway Library
One of the least known but most cherished entities housed under PSRMA’s umbrella is the Southwest Railway Library. Often recognized as one of the largest private collections of railway history documents and artifacts, the SRL is home to thousands of documents, maps, artifacts, and books. Each year, more and more items are donated to the collection and more space is needed to house the growing number of artifacts. Funds donated to the SRL not only go towards increasing the storage capacity at the Library, but also towards preserving the items in the SRL’s collection. More information about the complete collection of the SRL can be found at psrm.org/srl.
Steam locomotives have created a special place in the hearts of all railfans and preservation societies. PSRMA is no different. With six steam locomotives to preserve, the Association definitely has its hands full. From SD&A #104 which is the only surviving steam locomotive from the SD&A’s original locomotive purchases to SP #2353 which saw service on the SD&A throughout the line’s history to the Coos Bay Lumber Company #11 which is perhaps the best candidate for restoration to operable condition, the steam locomotives of the PSRMA need your help. It is our goal to use monies donated to this fund to cosmetically restore all locomotives and complete a restoration on at least one of the locomotives to return it to active service at the Museum in Campo. If you are interested in assisting with the restoration of steam locomotives, please send us a message through the Contact Us page with “Steam Restoration” in the subject line.
Hydraulic Jack Fund
Though it may not occur to many non-railroaders, having the capability to lift a locomotive or railroad car often weighing in excess of 150 tons is immensely important for any restoration or repair efforts. A fund has been established to raise money to acquire several hydraulic jacks for the PSRMA to use to lift its many pieces of equipment for proper inspection and repair. Donations to this fund go towards the purchase of these much-needed pieces of equipment for the mechanical department.
Mine Train Exhibit
Our newest educational exhibit is under construction adjacent to the Campo Depot. It will feature a real mine train ride up the hill from it’s own DAP Depot into a mine with exhibits on the mining industry here in San Diego County. This fun and educational ride will be a fantastic addition to our growing number of exhibits at Campo. Grading for the mine train’s route has been completed thanks to our generous donors. The Museum matched over $3,000 in donations to complete this initial stage of the project. The DAP Depot, freight house and section house have been set. Contributions towards this fund help us finalize our construction tasks, as well as to fund mine train ride equipment modifications to upgrade safety appliances and ride quality.