South Coast Railroad Museum
300 N. Los Carneros Road
Goleta, CA  93117
(805) 964-3540
Website
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 Categories:
    Community,    Historic Site,    Historical Museum,    Historical Organizations,    Historical Places,    Hobby & Model Supplies,    Hobby & Special Interest Groups,    Membership Organizations - Misc.,    Museums/Attractions/Historic,    Science/Technology Museum,    Transportation Museum,

Business Hours:
    1 to 4 pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Admission Pricing:
    Free. Donations appreciated.

Payment Accepted:
    Cash,   Check,  

Languages Spoken:
    English,  


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1/13/16 - Save the Date! Sweetheart Special -- Feb. 6
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"Sweetheart Special" Romantic Train Ride
Don't miss the Sweetheart Special railroad day-trip on Saturday, Feb. 6 Bring your sweetheart or best friends on this special Valentine's-themed rail excursion and become part of a museum tradition that spans more than a quarter-century.
This romantic day trip will feature scenic travel aboard TWO private railcars, which will carry you along the majestic Gaviota Coast, around “California’s Wonderful Corner” at Point Conception, through historic Vandenberg AFB, then on to our San Luis Obispo destination. Your fare includes a delicious buffet lunch, some congenial "Romance On The Rails" trivia during a portion the trip, prizes, Valentine’s treats, and more.
Sights and Points-Of-Interest you will encounter during the trip include the legendary surfing beaches of the Hollister and Bixby ranches, the vineyards of the Edna Valley, many state and county beach parks, a variety of wildlife and botanical wonders, and a lot more.
Boarding Information: 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).
Tickets: Only $135, which includes a $5 per passenger discount when your purchase is made through the museum's Online Store [http://goletadepot.org/ride]. If you prefer not to purchase your tickets through the online store, please call the museum office at 805/964-3540. You will receive your souvenir tickets at the station before you board the train.

Food & Beverage: Your fare includes a complete lunch buffet in the train car.There will also be chocolate and other sweet treats to mark the occasion, along with complimentary soft drinks and coffee. You are welcome to bring along a favorite wine to complement your day.

Additional Trip Information will be sent to you via your email address.

Accessibility: None of the railcars used in the museum program are wheelchair accessible. As historic passenger vehicles, they are exempt from compliance with ADA requirements.

Children On Board: The Sweetheart Special trip is reserved for adults (18 and over) only.

About The Cars. Overland Trail is a 39-seat club lounge, built by the Pullman company for the Southern Pacific Railroad and delivered in 1949. Originally designated SP 2981, the car served on the San Francisco Overland, a train jointly operated by the Southern Pacific, Union Pacific, and Chicago & North Western railroads between San Francisco and Chicago. Overland Trail was featured in the Travel Channel’s “Tricked Out Trains” (2013) television show and the car's interior was the setting for a key scene in Clint Eastwood’s award-winning film, “Flags of Our Fathers” (2006). Today, elements of the original Flags set decoration, including two large railroad murals, still furnish part of >i>Overland Trail’s interior. Overland Trail was also an invited participant in the 100th anniversary celebration for New York City’s Grand Central Terminal.

Pacific Trail is a 44-seat long-distance chair car built by the Pullman-Standard Co. and delivered to the Union Pacific Railroad in 1950. The car was originally designated only by number, 5430. She served on famous Union Pacific trains like the "City of Los Angeles" ("I Love Lucy" fans might remember that Lucy, Rickie, Ethel and Fred returned home from California aboard the City of Los Angeles!). When Amtrak took over U.S. passenger service from the private railroads in 1971, Pacific Trail ((then numbered 4403) joined Amtrak’s diverse fleet of inherited passenger cars, serving in that capacity for about 10 years. Bill and Debbie Hatrick purchased the car in 1983 and have worked for more than a decade to bring her back to the mainline. The Hatrick’s christened her Pacific Trail in 2014.

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12/18/15 - Save the Date! "Amtrak Sampler" Family Train Trip -- 1/16
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Museum Offers Low-Cost Sampler Train Trip for Local Families, General Public ..... On Saturday, Jan. 16, the South Coast Railroad Museum will be hosting a special Amtrak Sampler train trip. The short morning roundtrip rail adventure is designed especially for families with young children or anyone interested in getting an inexpensive taste of train travel aboard modern Amtrak equipment. Museum staff and volunteers will escort the group.
The Amtrak Sampler train will make stops at Santa Barbara, Carpinteria and Ventura. Passengers may board the train at either the Goleta or Santa Barbara Amtrak stations. The train will depart the Goleta Amtrak Station at 9:08 a.m.. It departs from the Santa Barbara Amtrak station at 9:22. The train is scheduled to arrive in Carpinteria at 9:37 a.m. and at Ventura at 9:59. The return train departs Ventura at 10:59 and will pick up Carpinteria passengers at 11:21. The train is scheduled to arrive back in Santa Barbara at 11:45 a.m. and Goleta at 11:58. An option to make the return trip aboard an earlier train is also available.
Tickets start at only $7.95 (for children ages 2-17; add $2 for age 18 to adult). Advance purchase is required. Tickets may be purchased through the museum's online store http://goletadepot.org/ride where additional information can also be found. Or, call the museum at 805/964-3540. ... Presented by: South Coast Railroad Museum ... Venue: South Coast Railroad Museum  Email
12/1/15 - Save the Date! "Amtrak Sampler" Family Train Trip -- 12/13
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Museum Offers Low-Cost Sampler Train Trip for Local Families, General Public ..... On Sunday, Dec. 13, the South Coast Railroad Museum will be hosting a special Amtrak Sampler train trip. The short morning roundtrip rail adventure is designed especially for families with young children or anyone interested in getting an inexpensive taste of train travel aboard modern Amtrak equipment. Museum staff and volunteers will escort the group.
The Amtrak Sampler train will make stops at Santa Barbara, Carpinteria and Ventura. Passengers may board the train at either the Goleta or Santa Barbara Amtrak stations. The train will depart the Goleta Amtrak Station at 9:08 a.m.. It departs from the Santa Barbara Amtrak station at 9:22. The train is scheduled to arrive in Carpinteria at 9:37 a.m. and at Ventura at 9:59. The return train departs Ventura at 10:59 and will pick up Carpinteria passengers at 11:21. The train is scheduled to arrive back in Santa Barbara at 11:45 a.m. and Goleta at 11:58. An option to make the return trip aboard an earlier train is also available.
Tickets start at only $7.95 (for children ages 2-17; add $2 for age 18 to adult). Advance purchase is required. Tickets may be purchased through the museum's online store http://goletadepot.org/ride where additional information can also be found. Or, call the museum at 805/964-3540.
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11/19/15 - Save the Date! "Amtrak Sampler" Family Train Trip -- 12/13
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Museum Offers Low-Cost Sampler Train Trip for Local Families, General Public ..... On Sunday, Dec. 13, the South Coast Railroad Museum will be hosting a special Amtrak Sampler train trip. The short morning roundtrip rail adventure is designed especially for families with young children or anyone interested in getting an inexpensive taste of train travel aboard modern Amtrak equipment. Museum staff and volunteers will escort the group.
The Amtrak Sampler train will make stops at Santa Barbara, Carpinteria and Ventura. Passengers may board the train at either the Goleta or Santa Barbara Amtrak stations. The train will depart the Goleta Amtrak Station at 9:08 a.m.. It departs from the Santa Barbara Amtrak station at 9:22. The train is scheduled to arrive in Carpinteria at 9:37 a.m. and at Ventura at 9:59. The return train departs Ventura at 10:59 and will pick up Carpinteria passengers at 11:21. The train is scheduled to arrive back in Santa Barbara at 11:45 a.m. and Goleta at 11:58. An option to make the return trip aboard an earlier train is also available.
Tickets start at only $7.95 (for children ages 2-17; add $2 for age 18 to adult). Advance purchase is required. Tickets may be purchased through the museum's online store http://goletadepot.org/ride where additional information can also be found. Or, call the museum at 805/964-3540.
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10/21/15 - Save the Date! Vintage Rail Day Trip Excursion -- Dec 12
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Museum Offers Scenic Train Trip On Two Historic Rail Cars ..... On Saturday, Dec. 12, local travel enthusiasts, railfans and history buffs will have a special opportunity to experience the pleasures of riding two historic American railcars during a scenic one-day roundtrip excursion up the coast to San Luis Obispo. This Vintage Rail Sampler event is organized and cosponsored by the South Coast Railroad Museum, in partnership with the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum.

Passengers will ride Pacific Trail, a 1950 Pullman-Standard Union Pacific coach car, during the first half of the rail excursion, and Overland Trail, a 1949 Southern Pacific club-lounge, during the second half of the journey. For more information about Overland Trail and Pacific Trail, please see the About The Cars section, below.

Passengers will be able to board at either the Santa Barbara or Goleta Amtrak stations. The scheduled departure is 10:22 a.m. (Santa Barbara; Goleta from 10:34), arriving in San Luis Obispo at 1:00 p.m. The return trip will begin at 2:00 p.m., arriving in Santa Barbara at 4:32 p.m. (Goleta 4:17).

The trip will be a great opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views and sites along the beautiful seashore route between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, including the majestic Gaviota Coast, Santa Barbara Channel Islands, the legendary surfing beaches of the Hollister and Bixby ranches, Point Conception, Vandenberg AFB, Guadalupe Dunes, Pismo Beach, the Edna Valley wine country, a number of state and county beach parks, and more.

The South Coast Railroad Museum will have members of its corps of guide-interpreters aboard both cars to provide narrative and answer questions about local history, points-of interest, things-to-do, and the natural history of the area traveled. The public is invited to participate in this unique travel experience, offered for a fraction of the usual cost of private railcar travel.

Tickets are $79, which includes a $3 per ticket discount when purchase is made through the museum's online store: goletadepot.org/ride [OR] store.goletadepot.org

Additional trip information can also be found in the online store. Reservations may also be made by calling the museum at 805/964-3540.

Seating is limited to 36 passengers. Advance reservations are required. The ticket price includes soft drinks and a light snack. Passengers are responsible for any additional food.

About The Cars: Overland Trail is a 39-seat club lounge, built by the Pullman company for the Southern Pacific Railroad and delivered in 1949. Originally designated SP 2981, the car served on the San Francisco Overland, a train jointly operated by the Southern Pacific, Union Pacific, and Chicago & North Western railroads between San Francisco and Chicago.
Overland Trail was featured in the Travel Channel Tricked Out Trains (2013) television show and the car's interior was the setting for a key scene in Clint Eastwoods award-winning film, Flags of Our Fathers (2006). Today, elements of the original Flags set decoration, including two large railroad murals, still furnish part of Overland Trails interior. Overland Trail was also an invited participant in the 100th anniversary celebration for New York City's Grand Central Terminal.

Pacific Trail is a 44-seat long-distance chair car built by the Pullman-Standard Co. and delivered to the Union Pacific Railroad in 1950. The car was originally designated only by number, 5430. She served on famous Union Pacific trains like the City of Los Angeles (you might remember that Lucy, Rickie, Ethel and Fred returned home from California aboard the City of Los Angeles!). When Amtrak took over U.S. passenger service from the private railroads in 1971, Pacific Trail ((then numbered 4403) joined Amtraks diverse fleet of inherited passenger cars, serving in that capacity for about 10 years. Bill and Debbie Hatrick purchased the car in 1983 and have worked for more than a decade to bring her back to the mainline. The Hatricks christened her Pacific Trail in 2014.
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10/21/15 - Save the Date! "Amtrak Sampler" Family Train Trip -- 11/14
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Museum Offers Low-Cost Sampler Train Trip for Local Families, General Public. ..... On Saturday, Nov 14, the South Coast Railroad Museum will be hosting a special Amtrak Sampler train trip. The short morning roundtrip rail adventure is designed especially for families with young children or anyone interested in getting an inexpensive taste of train travel aboard modern Amtrak equipment. Museum staff and volunteers will escort the group.

The Amtrak Sampler train will make stops at Santa Barbara, Carpinteria and Ventura. Passengers may board the train at either the Goleta or Santa Barbara Amtrak stations.

The train will depart the Goleta Amtrak Station at 9:08 a.m.. It departs from the Santa Barbara Amtrak station at 9:22. The train is scheduled to arrive in Carpinteria at 9:37 a.m. and at Ventura at 9:59. The return train departs Ventura at 10:59 and will pick up Carpinteria passengers at 11:21. The train is scheduled to arrive back in Santa Barbara at 11:45 a.m. and Goleta at 11:58. An option to make the return trip aboard an earlier train is also available.

Tickets start at only $7.95 (for children ages 2-17; add $2 for age 18 to adult). Advance purchase is required. Tickets may be purchased through the museum's online store http://goletadepot.org/ride where additional information can also be found. Or, call the museum at 805/964-3540.


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9/10/15 - Save the Date! "Amtrak Sampler" Family Train Trip -- 10/11
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Museum Offers Low-Cost Sampler Train Trip for Local Families, General Public. On Sunday, Oct 11, the South Coast Railroad Museum will be hosting a special Amtrak Sampler train trip. The short morning roundtrip rail adventure is designed especially for families with young children or anyone interested in getting an inexpensive taste of train travel aboard modern Amtrak equipment. Museum staff and volunteers will escort the group.
The Amtrak Sampler train will make stops at Santa Barbara, Carpinteria and Ventura. Passengers may board the train at either the Goleta or Santa Barbara Amtrak stations.
The train will depart the Goleta Amtrak Station at 9:13 a.m.. It departs from the Santa Barbara Amtrak station at 9:24. The train is scheduled to arrive in Carpinteria at 9:42 a.m. and at Ventura at 10:04. The return train departs Ventura at 10:54 and will pick up Carpinteria passengers at 11:16. The train is scheduled to arrive back in Santa Barbara at 11:45 a.m. and Goleta at 11:54. An option to make the return trip aboard an earlier train is also available.
Tickets start at only $7.95 (for children ages 2-17; add $2 for age 18 to adult). Advance purchase is required. Tickets may be purchased through the museum's online store — http://goletadepot.org/ride — where additional information can also be found. Or, call the museum at 805/964-3540.

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5/28/15 - Free Miniature Train & Handcar Rides at Rail Museum For Fathers Day -- 6/21
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All visitors will be able to ride the train and handcar without charge as often as they like during event hours. Prizes will be awarded for those completing the most rides.There is a 34-inch minimum-height requirement for the train; handcar riders must be at least 48 inches tall.
The Goleta Short Line miniature train follows a one-third mile course around the museum grounds. The ride is suitable for most children and adults. Handcars are powered by the passengers, themselves, who pump a lever that turns a set of gears connected to the wheels. These unique cars were developed during the second half of the 19th century and used to transport railroad workers and equipment.
The Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime is the event sponsor. Members of the club will be on hand during the event to greet museum visitors and help with the rides.
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1/21/15 - Save the Date! Sweetheart Special Daytrips -- 2/14 & 2/15
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Don't miss theSweetheart Specialrailroad daytrips onSaturday,Feb. 14and Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 aboard the Vista Dome car,Silver Splendor.Bring your sweetheart or best friends on this special Valentine's-themed rail excursion.The magnificent 1956 Vista-Dome car, Silver Splendor, will sweep you off your feet on this romantic day trip along the beautiful central coast. Enjoy an easy day (with a delicious buffet lunch included), where all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the unique Vista Dome experience, featuring 360 degree views. If you like, join us for some congenial "Romance On The Rails"trivia during a portion the trip.

Sights and Points-Of-Interestduring the trip 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 variety of wildlife and botanical wonders, and a lot more.

Boarding Information: 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).

Tickets: only $135. Receive a $3 per passenger discount by making your purchase through the museum's Online Store [http://goletadepot.org/ride]. If you prefer not to purchase your tickets through the online store, please call the museum office at 805/964-3540. 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.

Food & Beverage: Your fare includes a complete lunch buffet in your train car.There will also be chocolate and other sweet treats to mark the occasion, along with complimentary soft drinks and coffee. You are welcome to bring along a favorite wine to compliment your day. No food is available for purchase on the train.

Additional Trip Information will be sent to you via your email address.

Accessibility: None of the railcars used in the museum program are wheelchair accessible. As historic passenger vehicles, they are exempt from compliance with ADA requirements.

Children On Board: The Sweetheart Special trip for adults (18 and over) only.

About The Car: Built by the Budd Co. in 1956 as Chicago, Burlington & Quincy No. 4735, this stainless steel car raced between Chicago and Denver on a daily basis until 1980, the last nine years under Amtrak ownership. Originally named Silver Buckle, she was part of the last two complete conventional train sets to be ordered new in the pre-Amtrak era, traveling more than 4.5 million miles.


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11/25/14 - The Annual Candy Cane Train is back ... Nov. 28 - Dec. 24
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The Annual Candy Cane Train, is a year-end event at the South Coast Railroad Museum. Hours for the event are 1 to 4 p.m. on weekends and 2 to 4 p.m. on weekdays. In order to take part in all Candy Cane Train activities, attendees are urged to arrive before 3:30 p.m. Event tickets are $4 (adult or child). Ticket-holders each receive a ride on the museum's festively-decorated miniature-train, a candy cane, and holiday favors, plus a coupon good for a future ride on the museum train. Additional Candy Cane train rides will be available for $1.50 each (All miniature-train riders must meet the 34-inch minimum height requirement). Advance purchases (available only through the museums online store) earn buyers an extra train ride with each ticket.
Event attendees will also be able to view the museum's festive holiday display, Toy Trains and Teddy Bears!, which also opens Nov. 25. Tickets will be available at the museum during event hours. Admission to the railroad museum is by donation; a $1 donation is suggested for adult visitors.
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8/6/14 - Free Train Rides This Weekend
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Ride the miniature-train and handcar free this weekend at the railroad museum, compliments of The Towbes Group.  Email   Website
7/23/14 - Take the Vintage Rail Daytrip on the Central Coast Flyer -- Saturday Aug. 2
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Take a scenic one-day train ride on the Central Coast Flyer on Sat., Aug. 2, 2014 aboard the historic Vista Dome car, Silver Splendor. Sights and Points-Of-Interestduring the trip 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 variety of wildlife and botanical wonders, and a lot more.


Boarding Information: 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).

Tickets: only $102. Receive a $3 per passenger discount by making your purchase through the museum's Online Store at http://goletadepot.org/ride. If you prefer not to purchase your tickets through the online store, please call Terry, our reservation specialist, at 805/680-0397 (9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.). 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.

Food & Beverage: Complimentary soft drinks, coffee, and a light snack 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.)

Additional Trip Information will be sent to you via your email address.

Accessibility: None of the railcars used in the museum program are wheelchair accessible. As historic passenger vehicles, they are exempt from compliance with ADA requirements.

Children On Board: Passengers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. In accordance with Amtrak policy, all children must be closely supervised by their adult guardian at all times, including any time they are moving about the car. Children may not enter the vestibule areas of the car, or exit the car, unless escorted by their adult guardian.

About The Car: Built by the Budd Co. in 1956 as Chicago, Burlington & Quincy No. 4735, this stainless steel car raced between Chicago and Denver on a daily basis until 1980, the last nine years under Amtrak ownership. Originally named Silver Buckle, she was part of the last two complete conventional train sets to be ordered new in the pre-Amtrak era, traveling more than 4.5 million miles.


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6/19/14 - Save the Dates! Free Miniature-Train Rides in July and August
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Free miniature-train rides will be given to South Coast Railroad Museum visitors on Saturday, July 19 and Saturday, Aug. 23. Visitors may ride as often as they like. The rides will operate continuously from 1:00 to 3:45 p.m. The event is made possible by a generous contribution from Fairview Car Wash. The 1/2-mile-long Goleta Short Line ride around the museum grounds takes about nine minutes. It is suitable for all ages, except the very young and very old. In the interest of safety, all train riders must be meet the minimum 34-inch height requirement. Admission to the railroad museum is also free; donations are appreciated.
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6/13/14 - Rotary Day -- Free Rides for Dads -- Fathers Day, June 15
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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.
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5/23/14 - Ride the Central Coast Flyer -- tomorrow -- to San Luis Obispo and back
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This is a special opportunity to enjoy the experience of riding two historic American railcars during a scenic one-day roundtrip excursion up the coast to San Luis Obispo. Seating is limited to only 52 passengers, who will ride the historic railcars, Acoma and Overland Trail. All passengers will ride one of the cars in the morning and the other car during the afternoon return, changing cars during the midday stopover in San Luis Obispo.
Both railcars have an impressive pedigree. Consider Acoma. The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad started upgrading its premier train, the Super Chief, The Train Of The Stars, to new lightweight streamliner cars in 1937. It began with just one train set, consisting of eight stainless-steel cars manufactured by the Budd Co. Acoma was one of those first eight cars. The new streamlined Super Chief traveled between Los Angeles and Chicago, making one round trip a week. The streamlined Super Chief was pulled by diesel locomotives sporting the now-famous warbonnet paint scheme. Each car, including Acoma, featured an interior uniquely decorated with a Southwest motif.
Today, Acoma is the only car from this first stainless-steel Super Chief train set that remains in active service. Only two of Acoma's sister cars survive: the dining car, Cochiti, which is showcased at the California State Railroad Museum, and the observation car, Navajo, proudly displayed at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Acoma was named in tribute to the people of the ancient Native American pueblo of Acoma in New Mexico. The pueblo was built atop a sheer-walled, 367-foot sandstone bluff where its inhabitants could be forewarned of possible attack. Founded in about 1150 A.D., Acoma pueblo has earned the reputation as the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America. The mesa-top settlement is known worldwide for its unique art and rich culture. This artistic inspiration is evident throughout much of the design of the Acoma railcar's interior. Overland Trail is a 39-seat club lounge, built by the Pullman company for the Southern Pacific Railroad and delivered in 1949. Originally designated SP 2981, the car served on the San Francisco Overland, a train jointly operated by the Southern Pacific, Union Pacific, and Chicago & North Western railroads between San Francisco and Chicago. Overland Trail was featured in the Travel Channels Tricked Out Trains (2013) television show and the car's interior was the setting for a key scene in Clint Eastwoods award-winning film, Flags of Our Fathers (2006). Today, elements of the original Flags set decoration, including two large railroad murals, still furnish part of Overland Trails interior. Overland Trail was also an invited participant in the 100th anniversary celebration for New York Citys Grand Central Terminal. The railroad museum will have members of its corps of guide-interpreters aboard both cars to provide narrative and answer questions about local history, points-of-interest, things-to-do, and the natural history of the area traveled. The public is invited to participate in this unique travel experience, offered for a fraction of the usual cost of private railcar travel.
Passengers will be able to board at either the Santa Barbara or Goleta Amtrak stations. The scheduled departure both days is 10:22 a.m. (Santa Barbara; Goleta from 10:34), arriving in San Luis Obispo at 1:00 p.m. The return trip will begin at 1:55 p.m., arriving in Santa Barbara at 4:32 p.m. (Goleta 4:17). Besides the chance to ride two historic rail cars in a single day, the trip will be a great opportunity to 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, the legendary surfing beaches of the Hollister and Bixby ranches, Point Conception, Vandenberg AFB, Guadalupe Dunes, Pismo Beach, the Edna Valley wine country, a number of state and county beach parks, and more.
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5/8/14 - Ride the Central Coast Flyer on May 24th
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This is a special opportunity to enjoy the experience of riding two historic American railcars during a scenic one-day roundtrip excursion up the coast to San Luis Obispo. Seating is limited to only 52 passengers, who will ride the historic railcars, Acoma and Overland Trail. All passengers will ride one of the cars in the morning and the other car during the afternoon return, changing cars during the midday stopover in San Luis Obispo.
Both railcars have an impressive pedigree. Consider Acoma. The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad started upgrading its premier train, the Super Chief, The Train Of The Stars, to new lightweight streamliner cars in 1937. It began with just one train set, consisting of eight stainless-steel cars manufactured by the Budd Co. Acoma was one of those first eight cars. The new streamlined Super Chief traveled between Los Angeles and Chicago, making one round trip a week. The streamlined Super Chief was pulled by diesel locomotives sporting the now-famous warbonnet paint scheme. Each car, including Acoma, featured an interior uniquely decorated with a Southwest motif.
Today, Acoma is the only car from this first stainless-steel Super Chief train set that remains in active service. Only two of Acoma's sister cars survive: the dining car, Cochiti, which is showcased at the California State Railroad Museum, and the observation car, Navajo, proudly displayed at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Acoma was named in tribute to the people of the ancient Native American pueblo of Acoma in New Mexico. The pueblo was built atop a sheer-walled, 367-foot sandstone bluff where its inhabitants could be forewarned of possible attack. Founded in about 1150 A.D., Acoma pueblo has earned the reputation as the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America. The mesa-top settlement is known worldwide for its unique art and rich culture. This artistic inspiration is evident throughout much of the design of the Acoma railcar's interior. Overland Trail is a 39-seat club lounge, built by the Pullman company for the Southern Pacific Railroad and delivered in 1949. Originally designated SP 2981, the car served on the San Francisco Overland, a train jointly operated by the Southern Pacific, Union Pacific, and Chicago & North Western railroads between San Francisco and Chicago. Overland Trail was featured in the Travel Channels Tricked Out Trains (2013) television show and the car's interior was the setting for a key scene in Clint Eastwoods award-winning film, Flags of Our Fathers (2006). Today, elements of the original Flags set decoration, including two large railroad murals, still furnish part of Overland Trails interior. Overland Trail was also an invited participant in the 100th anniversary celebration for New York Citys Grand Central Terminal. The railroad museum will have members of its corps of guide-interpreters aboard both cars to provide narrative and answer questions about local history, points-of-interest, things-to-do, and the natural history of the area traveled. The public is invited to participate in this unique travel experience, offered for a fraction of the usual cost of private railcar travel.
Passengers will be able to board at either the Santa Barbara or Goleta Amtrak stations. The scheduled departure both days is 10:22 a.m. (Santa Barbara; Goleta from 10:34), arriving in San Luis Obispo at 1:00 p.m. The return trip will begin at 1:55 p.m., arriving in Santa Barbara at 4:32 p.m. (Goleta 4:17). Besides the chance to ride two historic rail cars in a single day, the trip will be a great opportunity to 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, the legendary surfing beaches of the Hollister and Bixby ranches, Point Conception, Vandenberg AFB, Guadalupe Dunes, Pismo Beach, the Edna Valley wine country, a number of state and county beach parks, and more.
Presented by ... South Coast Railroad Museum
Venue ... Santa Barbara (or Goleta) Train Station  Website
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 museums 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  Website
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 museums 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 museums 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



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