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“So worth the drive”

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Campo
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This museum runs a vintage train from Campo to the Mexican border. The experience offers open vistas, secluded valleys and spectacular views.
Reviewed 27 February 2016 via mobile

well worth the $5 ticket to view. Friendly and knowledgeable staff...which we understand are all volunteers. Easy to see they have a passion for this project. We drove here on our motorcycles, a great ride with lovely scenery along the way. We did not have time to stay for the 2:30 train ride (we missed the 11 a.m. one) so cannot comment on that. We visited the candy store in Manzanillo and had a great tasting pizza at Manzanillo Diner (highly recommend a stop here) before our trip back to Yuma.

4  Thank Grammy929
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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 :] )

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.

5  Thank ShellyAz1414
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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.

4  Thank Richard S
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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.

5  Thank HollyBerryElf
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