The Fullerton Transportation Center is located at the intersection of Pomona and Santa Fe Avenues. Every month, the museum is open on the first and third Saturdays, and the event is free. The Fullerton Train Museum presents the legacy of the railroads in Orange County and is open to the public.
The museum’s collection includes three historically noteworthy cabooses that represent the three railways that served Orange County in its early days and two restored 1940s Union Pacific lounge cars. On the first and third Saturdays of each month, the Fullerton Train Museum is available to the public at the corner of Pomona and Santa Fe at the Fullerton Transportation Center. Admission is free on these days.
It is the Southern California Railway Plaza Association (SCRPA) that promotes train-related educational programs for our youth, along with activities and exhibits for people of all ages. The SCRPA is dedicated to the preservation of the rail heritage of Southern California and is a volunteer-run organization.
An eight-member Board of Directors oversees the organization, which comprises individuals with expertise in railroad operations organization administration, public affairs, nonprofit organizations, and a wide range of technical skills. They aim to provide historical insight into the significant contributions that railroads have made to the development and progress of our region, beginning in the nineteenth century and continuing to the present.
The ultimate goal of the Southern California Railroad Preservation Association is the development of major destination attractions, to showcase the essence of the Southland through its railroad legacy.
The county’s first outdoor rail museum, located at the east end of the Fullerton Transportation Center, is known as the first of its kind in the state.
It has five antique railcars that are the property of the association. The museum’s most recent acquisitions include two 1949 Union Pacific lounge cars and a Union Pacific caboose. That rounds out the group’s extensive railcar collection, including a 1929 Santa Fe caboose, and a 1961 Southern Pacific caboose. Both have undergone extensive restoration over the past five years. Despite their age, the railcars are in excellent shape. Aside from some fresh paint and minor repairs, they appear to be in the same condition as they did during their prime.