The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association is proud to announce the return of the Valley Flyer. This 30-minute round-trip shuttle service connects the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum’s Display Building and the Campo Depot with the Mountain Empire Historical Society’s Gaskill Brothers Stone Store Museum.
Come for a ride on one of the Museum’s youngest pieces of equipment – Missouri Pacific Caboose # 13936. Built in 1980, the “MoPac” caboose offers Valley Flyer passengers the unique experience of riding in a real caboose around the museum grounds in Campo. With room for up to twenty passengers at a time, the MoPac caboose is an ideal railcar for touring the museum grounds by rail. Passengers may detrain at the Gaskill Brothers Stone Store Museum to learn about the rich history of the Mountain Empire region of San Diego county and the Gaskill brothers who, along with hundreds of other Texans displaced by the Civil War, settled the area that reminded them most of home. From historic gun battles to tensions with Native American and Mexican militias to serving hundreds of cavalrymen from the nearby military camp, the Gaskill Brothers Stone Store Museum has something for everyone to enjoy. More information about the exhibits and history at the Gaskill Brothers Stone Store Museum is available here or by watching the video below.
Trains will depart every 30 minutes from the Campo Depot between 11am and 12:00pm as well as between 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Passengers may ride all or part of any of the Valley Flyer caboose rides. Tickets are good for the entire day so passengers can enjoy all that the two museums have to offer. We encourage passengers traveling to the Gaskill Brothers Stone Store Museum to get off and explore all that the Mountain Empire Historical Society has to offer. Please allow between 30 minutes and one hour to tour the Gaskill Brothers Stone Store Museum before catching the next train back to the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum.
There are 3 seats in the MoPac caboose, but please be prepared to stand for the 5-10 minutes between stops. Passengers must be able to climb stairs with assistance to board and detrain from the caboose. Museum volunteers will be standing by to ensure all passengers board and detrain safely. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
Toddlers under 3 years old: FREE!
Children ages 3-12: $7
Adults ages 13+: $14
Ride with the Engineer in the Locomotive (ages 6+): $25 Click here for more information on Cab Rides
Advanced reservations are not required. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Campo Depot. Tickets for the Valley Flyer caboose rides are valid all day.