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Campo Depot and Museum

  • All Train Rides leave from the Campo Depot!

750 Depot St.
Campo, California 91906

The Museum’s main facility is located in Campo, California, a pleasant fifty-mile drive east of downtown San Diego. Over eighty major pieces of railroad equipment, including steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars and cabooses are on display there.

Driving Directions to Campo:

From Interstate 8:
1) Exit at exit number 51 for Buckman Springs Road (about 30 minutes East of San Diego or 60 minutes West of El Centro)
2) Head southwest on Buckman Springs Road and continue for about 10 miles
3) Turn right onto State Highway 94 where Buckman Springs Road ends and continue for about 1.5 miles
4) After passing over the railroad tracks, turn left onto Forrest Gate Road and follow the signs into the museum

Estimated total drive time from Downtown San Diego: 1 hour, from El Centro 1.5 hours.
Please allow extra time when driving to Campo. Foul weather and traffic can significantly affect your drive time.

Alternatively, you may take State Highway 94 from downtown San Diego. Highway 94 is a two-lane country highway east of Spring Valley, which makes for an interesting scenic drive for those so inclined. Please allow an extra 30 minutes when taking State Highway 94

You should allow about 90 minutes of driving time from downtown San Diego for the first time you make the trip. Please plan on arriving at least 30 minutes before your excursion’s departure time.

La Mesa Depot

  • All Train Rides leave from the Campo Depot!

4695 Nebo Drive
La Mesa, California 91941

The Museum also takes care of the historic depot at La Mesa, CA. The LA Mesa Depot is the oldest building still in its original form in La Mesa and is also the only surviving railroad station from the San Diego and Cuyamaca Railway. It is open to the public on Saturdays from 1 to 4 PM at no cost to you! Come take a look through the ticketing area and telegrapher’s station in the small exhibit area and take a look at the display train parked outside.