SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RAILWAY PLAZA ASSOCIATION - WHAT WE DO

September 10, 2016

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

RAILWAY PLAZA ASSOCIATION

"An Educational Journey into the History of Railroads in Southern California"

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The SCRPA actively sponsors the following activities to promote interest in rail safety, history and education.:

The SCRPA’s Fullerton Train Museum maintains a permanent exhibit of five vintage rail cars that are open for free tours twice-monthly: from 9 a.m. to noon on the first and third Saturdays of each month. The railcar collection includes:

  • 1929 Santa Fe Cupola Steel Way Car (caboose)
  • 1942 Union Pacific Tall Cupola Steel caboose
  • 1961 Southern Pacific Bay Window Steel Caboose
  • 1949 Union Pacific 85-foot Streamlined Lunch Counter-Diner-Lounge
  • 1949 Union Pacific 85-foot Streamlined Dormitory-Lounge
Southern California Railroad Days, a weekend of sights, sounds, and action for the public to see first hand what railroading is all about.  A truly family oriented event, the weekend attracts over 30,000 people each year.

The annual Railroad Safety Poster Contest is an opportunity to work with local schools to teach younger children about the dangers of being around trains.  Through classroom participation and individual thought expressed through safety posters, SCRPA is able to supplement the work of the Operation Life Saver programs sponsored by the nation’s railroads.

The SCRPA Members' Quarterly Dinners & General Meetings bring together the diverse membership for an evening of discussions of mutual interest, updates on SCRPA activities, and interesting guest speakers who provide timely information on rail related topics.

Popular Excursions organized by the Membership Committee offer seasonal outings by motor coach to destinations throughout the Southland and beyond for a special train ride or to tour rail displays. Excursions have included Fillmore & Western Railway Co.’s special trains, complete with dining car meals; and the Union Pacific’s Sesquicentennial exhibit at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens. Check our What’s New calendar for upcoming excursions.

Hot Rail!, the SCRPA membership quarterly newsletter, is the main source of news, status of projects, and articles on historical and current subjects for the membership.  The newsletter is mailed to all members and is also available on the SCRPA website, where the photographs are in full color.

SCRPA has formed the Railroad Operations Committee (ROC) to plan and complete the conservation of three vintage cabooses and two 1949 lounge cars on display at the Fullerton Depot, 120 E. Santa Fe Avenue. ROC members hold a Work Party on the first and third Saturdays each month at the Fullerton station tracks, completing hands-on projects on our rail cars. They also offer free tours to the public from 9 a.m. to noon during their twice-monthly sessions. No reservations are needed.

SCRPA's History and Modeling Committee, is an excellent source for rail-related research materials including many railroad artifacts large and small; several dioramas depicting Southern California depot scenes on the Pacific Electric, Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroads; a sizable library of railroad reference books, maps, plats, photographs, microfilm Sanborn Fire Insurance maps and information on the agricultural and oil industries so important to Southern California's growth.

Free quarterly movie nights for members.

Order a Steam Engine No. 3751 Reproduction

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