South Coast Railroad Museum
300 N. Los Carneros Road
Goleta, CA  93117

(805) 964-3540
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Description:
   Goleta Depot is a Victorian-styled Southern Pacific Railroad station, built in 1901 by the Southern Pacific Railroad, and is a historical landmark and architectural treasure.
    The museum features refurnished rooms and station grounds, and a variety of informative displays, hands-on exhibits, artifacts, photographs, and memorabilia.
    MUSEUM ATTRACTIONS: Rides on the "Goleta Short Line" Miniature Train and Museum Handcar. "Railroading on the South Coast" is a 300-sq.-ft. HO-scale model-railroad exhibit, which gives visitors a nostalgic look at local railroading during the era of the steam-train. Gandy Dancer Theater has a daily schedule of travel films and rail-theme documentaries. There are special showings every Sunday and Thursday. Admission is free. Please call for reservations.
    Bay-window caboose (S.P. No. 4023) and station yard track. Trackside Shop offers a fine selection of local history and railroad books, toys and games, videos, clothing, party supplies, and gifts for all ages. Amtrak Tickets may be purchased at the museum. Picnic Area available on the museum grounds. Rail Tours escorted by the museum for school groups, members, and the general public. Membership includes museum store and train-ride discounts and our quarterly newsletter, the "Depot Dispatch." Ask about the "Junior Engineer's Club" memberships for boys and girls.
Museum Category:
    Transportation


Business Hours:
    1 to 4 pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Payment Accepted:
    Cash,   Check,  
Languages Spoken:
    English,  
Admission Pricing:
    Free. Donations appreciated.
General Business Classification:
    Museums, Historic Sites, Attractions
    Categories:
    Community
    Historic Site
    Historical Museum
    Historical Organizations
    Historical Places
    Hobby & Model Supplies
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    Museums/Attractions/Historic
    Science/Technology Museum
    Transportation Museum


www.goletadepot.org
 Recent Buzzes!!
2/14/14 - Heads Up! Trails & Rails Volunteer Training -- March 8th
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The National Park Service (NPS) and the South Coast Railroad Museum, in cooperation with Amtrak, are offering an exciting opportunity for local volunteers to travel, interpret, and explore West Coast rails. “Trails & Rails” — a nationwide educational program aboard Amtrak trains developed by the National Park Service — has a West Coast version on the Los Angeles-to-Seattle Coast Starlight train. It is coordinated by the South Coast Railroad Museum and carried out by the museum’s volunteers. The Goleta-based museum has conducted educational programs aboard Amtrak trains since the 1980s.
From May through September, Trails & Rails guides will offer a unique travel experience to Coast Starlight passengers, presenting informative talks and public-address announcements about the natural, cultural and historical significance of the route, and points of interest and things to do in the area. Two versions of the program are offered: Some volunteers make their presentations during a one-day Santa Barbara-to-San Luis Obispo roundtrip; other guide teams make an overnight trip to San Jose.
Trails & Rails volunteers do not need to be historians or naturalists. The program sponsors are looking for dedicated and entertaining volunteers with an enthusiasm for public speaking, travel, and human interaction. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, in good health, and available to make an average of at least two one-day trips per month during the five-month period that the program is offered. Uniforms, program materials, travel, meals, and overnight lodging are all provided. Volunteers must attend the all-day orientation and training session, scheduled for Saturday, March 8 and beginning promptly at 8:30 a.m. This training is only offered once a year. The day-long session will conclude at about 4 p.m. Participants may wish to bring a bag lunch.
The March 8 training will be held in the 900 Calle De Los Amigos, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. For more information about the Trails & Rails Program aboard the Coast Starlight, contact: Trails & Rails Coordinator, South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 North Los Carneros Rd., Goleta, CA 93117. Phone: 805-964-3540. Or, via e-mail: info@goletadepot.org.
Presented by ... South Coast Railroad Museum
Venue ... Valle Verde, Social Room
12/10/13 - Save the Date! “Far Western Tavern Special” Vintage Rail Car Excursion -- 12/28
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This day trip along the Santa Barbara Channel and Central California coastlines will feature two historic rail cars and a lunch from the legendary Far Western Tavern. For more than a half-century, the Far Western Tavern stood as a jewel in the crown of the small town of Guadalupe, Calif. The famous meeting place and watering hole attracted fans from near and far, who came to enjoy the landmark restaurant's unique blend of contemporary California ranch cuisine, inspired by the local tradition of the Santa Maria-style barbecue. In 2013, the Far Western Tavern was relocated to downtown Orcutt, Calif.
On Dec. 28, the Far Western Tavern will make a one-day return to Guadalupe, when delicious lunches, freshly prepared in the Far Western's kitchen, will be delivered to the Guadalupe Amtrak station and loaded aboard the vintage Central Coast Flyer rail cars, for the delight and pleasure of passengers in the museum group. The luncheon menu includes a variety of selections.
The public is invited to take part in this special travel and culinary experience. The museum has chartered two entire rail cars for this trip, Overland Trail and Silver Splendor. Besides the chance to ride in these unique rail cars and enjoy a unique luncheon, this trip will be a great opportunity to see enjoy the spectacular views and sites along the beautiful route between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, including the majestic Gaviota Coast, Santa Barbara Channel Islands, Hollister Ranch, Point Conception, Vandenberg AFB, Pismo Beach, the Edna Valley wine country, a number of state and county beach parks – including El Capitan, Refugio, Gaviota, Ocean Park, and Jalama – and more.
Passengers may board the “Far Western Tavern Special” at either the Santa Barbara or Goleta Amtrak stations. The train is scheduled to depart Santa Barbara at 10:22 (10:32 for Goleta), arriving in San Luis Obispo at 1:00. The return trip, also aboard the Overland Trail, will begin at 2:00 p.m., arriving in Goleta at 4:17 and Santa Barbara at 4:32. Tickets for the “Far Western Tavern Special” rail trip are only $79 for Overland Trail ($89 for Silver Splendor) when purchased through the museum’s online store at goletadepot.org/ride. Beverages and a light snack are included.
Presented by ... South Coast Railroad Museum
Venue ... Santa Barbara (or Goleta) Train Station  Website
5/31/13 - Save the Date! Rotary Day -- Free Rides for Dads on Father's Day (6/16)
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Free miniature train and handcar rides for all museum visitors. Sponsored by Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime. Minimum-height requirements: Train-Ride, 34 inches; Handcar-Ride, 48 inches.
Presented by ... South Coast Railroad Museum
Venue ... South Coast Railroad Museum  Website
4/19/13 - Volunteer Opportunity Aboard Amtrak Trains
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The National Park Service and the South Coast Railroad Museum, in cooperation with Amtrak, are offering an exciting opportunity for local volunteers to travel, interpret, and explore West Coast rails.
“Trails & Rails” — a nationwide educational program aboard Amtrak trains developed by the National Park Service — has a West Coast version on the Los Angeles-to-Seattle Coast Starlight train.
It is coordinated by the South Coast Railroad Museum and carried out by the museum’s volunteers. The Goleta museum has conducted educational programs aboard Amtrak trains since the 1980s.
The Trails & Rails guides offer a unique travel experience to Coast Starlight passengers, presenting informative talks and public-address announcements about the natural, cultural and historical significance of the route, and points of interest and things to do in the area. Two versions of the program are offered: Some volunteers make their presentations during a one-day Santa Barbara-to- San Luis Obispo roundtrip; some guide teams make a two-day trip to San Jose.
The local Trails & Rails program is being expanded in 2013 during the summer months to include additional overnight trips to San Jose.
A special all-day orientation and training session will be held on Saturday, May 18 for persons interested in joining this volunteer program. Trails & Rails volunteers do not need to be historians or naturalists. The program sponsors are looking for dedicated and entertaining volunteers with an enthusiasm for public speaking, travel, and human interaction.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, in good health, and available to make an average of at least two one-day or two-day trips per month during the eight-month period that the program is offered.
Uniforms, program materials, travel, meals, and overnight lodging are all provided. New volunteers must attend the all-day training. Registration is required. To register online, visit info.goletadepot.org
For more information about the Trails & Rails Program aboard the Coast Starlight, contact: Trails & Rails Coordinator, South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 North Los Carneros Rd., Goleta, CA 93117. Phone: 805-964-3540. Or, via e-mail: museum@goletadepot.org.   Website
4/5/13 - Save the Date! -- Ride the Central Coast Flyer -- Acoma lounge car -- April 20th
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Celebrate spring with friends and family aboard the 1937 club-lounge car, Acoma. Admired as the only restored Super Chief lounge certified by Amtrak to travel on American rails, Acoma's two “sister” cars are both on exhibit in museums. Seating for this trip is limited to only 26 passengers.
Passengers may board in either Santa Barbara or Goleta. Travel times are as follows: Depart Santa Barbara (SB) at 10:22 a.m. (Goleta 10:34). Arrive San Luis Obispo (SLO) at 1:00 p.m. Depart SLO at 1:55 p.m. Arrive SB at 4:32 p.m. (Goleta 4:17).
Complimentary soft drinks, coffee, and light snacks are included. Passengers are responsible for any additional food. No food is available for purchase on the train. You may bring your own box or bag lunch to eat enroute or during our brief stop in San Luis Obispo. You may also detrain at the Grover Beach Amtrak station and have lunch at one of the nearby restaurants. (There is some walking involved with the Grover Beach option. Those requiring the aid of a walker are encouraged to remain on the train to San Luis Obispo.)
You will receive your souvenir tickets at the station before you board the train. Tickets are not issued in advance of the date of travel. Your name(s) will be listed on the passenger manifest. Please bring your online store receipt with you as additional proof of purchase.
Venue: Santa Barbara (or Goleta) Train Station.  Website
2/1/13 - "Super Saturday!" -- Free Train Rides -- February 2
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"Super Saturday!" is an annual event held at the museum before the Super Bowl football game. The event will be Saturday, February 2, 2013. Hours: 1-4 p.m. The event marks the first weekend day of unlimited free miniature-train rides during the year. It is open to the general public.
Venue: South Coast Railroad Museum.  Website
8/28/12 - Save the Date! -- 30th Annual Depot Day -- September 30th
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Depot Day is the day set aside each year for celebrating the preservation of one of the area's leading historical landmarks — the Southern Pacific railroad station building, which was moved on Nov. 18-19, 1981.
The depot was built in 1901 by the Southern Pacific Railroad, during the completion of the Coast Line route connecting the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles. Goleta Depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the official U.S. listing of buildings, sites and other properties declared worthy of preservation.
A highlight of Depot Day will be rides on three different types of railroad vehicles. On the Goleta Short Line miniature-train, passengers may take a nine-minute ride over the recently-expanded half-mile-long railroad, aboard cars pulled by two different miniature engines, both fashioned after actual Southern Pacific Railroad locomotives. Depot Day visitors will also have the opportunity to propel themselves along on the museum's people-powered handcar, or ride on an old inspection car or “speeder,” formerly used on the Ventura Railway. A day-long silent auction will feature about 200 valuable items, including dinners at fine restaurants, luxury hotel stays, tickets to regional performing-arts productions and sporting events, and a wide assortment of wine, goods, services, and gifts for all ages.
Food and refreshments include sausage sandwiches, hot dogs, snacks, soft drinks, and other beverages. Depot Day also affords visitors the rare opportunity to view Goleta Depot's upstairs living quarters, where the station agents and their families once lived. Depot Day visitors will be able to enjoy the museum's regular attractions, including the Southern Pacific bay-window caboose and the model-railroad exhibit, which depicts the Santa Barbara/Goleta areas of the early 20th century.
Venue: South Coast Railroad Museum.  Website
6/4/12 - Public invited on "Central Coast Flyer" Inaurural Trip -- June 30th
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The public is invited to join the South Coast Railroad Museum in celebrating the inaugural run of the “Central Coast Flyer” (CCF) on Saturday, June 30. That’s when two vintage railcars will arrive at the Santa Barbara Amtrak station, at about 10:15 a.m., to take on passengers for an exciting roundtrip adventure along the beautiful Pacific Coast to San Luis Obispo.
Points of interest along the route include the breathtaking Gaviota Coast, the legendary surfing beaches of the Hollister and Bixby ranches, Point Conception, the massive launch sites of Vandenberg AFB, the vineyards of the Edna Valley, state and county beach parks, a wide variety of wildlife and a lot more.
Advance reservations are required. Seats are $69, which includes light snacks, soft drinks and coffee. Discounted fares are available by booking seats through the museum’s online store at http://goo.gl/RQ2XA
Or, reservations can be made and additional information obtained by calling Terry, the museum’s reservation specialist, at 805/680-0397.
Venue: Santa Barbara Train Station.  Website
5/22/12 - Save the Date! -- Rotary Day -- Free Rides for Dads -- June 17
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Free miniature train and handcar rides for all museum visitors. Sponsored by Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime. Minimum-height requirements: Train-Ride, 34 inches; Handcar-Ride, 48 inches.
Venue: South Coast Railroad Museum.  Website
4/6/12 - Jump on the Easter Bunny Express -- Tomorrow, Saturday April 7
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Hop Aboard the annual “Easter Bunny Express.” It promises to be a hare-raising egg-sperience for the whole family! The egg-shaped souvenir ticket lists these activities as a “schedule of stops” for every Easter Bunny Express ticketholder.
They include: Wabbit-Twacks Station (to board the museum's miniature train for a half-mile-long ride around the grounds – [all train riders must meet 34-inch minimum-height requirement); Harvey's House (where a cookie and beverage await); and Jack-Rabbit Junction (to enter a drawing for some special prizes). Children's tickets also include: Easter-Bunnyville (to meet the Easter Bunny and select an egg surprise); What's Up Dock (to collect another event souvenir). All tickets will be available at the museum on event day.
Hot sandwiches and refreshments will also be available for purchase during the event.
In the event of rain, the Easter Bunny Express will be held on the following Saturday. Hours and other event information will remain the same.
Venue: South Coast Railroad Museum.  Website
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