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Pacific Southwest Railway Museum
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if you are really into transport, and are driving by, then worth stopping.

There seem to be more Train museums in the US than there are active train lines. Funny how people... read more

Reviewed 13 November 2017
Los Angeles, California
Pumpkin Express

Great outing for a Sunday afternoon on a scenic train ride through country not typically seen if... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2017
Jackson, Wyoming
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Reviewed 23 January 2016

We went out to this museum on January 23rd, 2016. This was not peak tourism season for them, so we got the train ride almost to ourselves. The volunteers were all very nice and knowledgeable about the different trains, and the mounted placards gave more information as well. This place is a good ways out of downtown San Diego (about an hour and fifteen minutes with no traffic) and is down almost within sight of the US/Mexico border fence (the train ride actually stops in a tunnel just on the US side).
If you want to go in December, book as soon as tickets come on sale (August, I think), because they sell out almost instantly (though nowhere near as fast as San Diego ComicCon tickets :] )

Date of experience: January 2016
3  Thank Frank O
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Reviewed 6 April 2015

Took our 3 year old Grandson on the Bunny Train, the ride is beautiful with open air windows, the Bunny came along and passed out treats along the way. Only downside, the hour long ride was a bit to long for smaller children (wish they had some kind of entertainment/singing, more Bunny action) But worth the price. The Easter Egg hunt after was fun, and he really enjoyed the miniature train set.

Date of experience: April 2015
5  Thank Shelly F
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Reviewed 5 October 2014

Anyone interested in the history of the SD&AE Railroad should definitely make the trip. The people here are very dedicated and it shows in their restorations. Nothing short of excellent work.

Date of experience: September 2014
4  Thank Wicky201
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Reviewed 28 September 2014

Way out of the way ... not a place you will stumble over ... run entirely by volunteers, the Southwestern Railway Museum is a fun way to spend an afternoon if the trains are running. Lots of trains are on display in the train barns that you can wander through and read billboards about ... but the big draw is being able to take a train ride. The rides are only about a hour long (maybe a bit longer) and you can enjoy seeing parts of the backcountry that you normally would miss. Special events such as the Pumpkin Express or Santa Express are offered. My husband enjoys trains so we go out a few times a year ... lots of improvements have been made over the last year. The volunteers do an excellent job of running the museum ... especially in light of being in a remote location with limited funding opportunities. Can check online to see if the trains are running the day you plan to visit.

Date of experience: September 2014
5  Thank HollyBerryElf
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Reviewed 10 September 2014

This train museum is approx. 1 hour's drive from San Diego. The main museum is inside a large building with about 4 trains in good shape, including a mail train, a business train with meeting areas, sleeping arrangements, kitchen, etc., and others. These trains are set up for walk-throughs. The staff is mostly friendly and knowledgeable. There's also an outdoors area with many additional trains, although these trains are not open for inside tours. Careful in that several of these outside trains appear to hold wasp nests, which don't bother you if you don't bother them, but best to supervise your kids.

Did have a less-than-friendly encounter with one of the rail workers outside, who was very upset and rude about me straying outside the 'tourist' area; don't know if he worked for the museum, but he downgraded my impression of the tour overall (dropped a star..).

They do offer rides and the times vary depending on time of year: in high summer, they run later when it's not so hot. The price for a ride was $15 and includes entry to the museum.

Date of experience: August 2014
2  Thank GBGB1
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