Railroads played an important role in the development of Southern California and because of that
there has been a big interest in railroad preservation here. Thanks to the foresight of some railroad
enthusiasts there are a good variety of things to see and do that feature full size railroad equipment.
For the 2013 Narrow Gauge Modelers Convention some fantastic tours have been planned, including:
Disneyland - The “Happiest Place on Earth” is host to a narrow gauge railroad that
encircles the park, there are four steam locomotives used in the operation and one more currently
undergoing restoration. The first two were built specifically for the park, however the additional
three locomotives were working narrow gauge locomotives restored by Walt Disney and his team.
The rolling stock was built with handling a large amount of visitors in mind, but there is also a
caboose that is always attached to one of the “freight” trains as well as the private car “Lilly Belle”
that is often run. This is a bus tour only that departs at 5:30 am and returns at 12:30 pm Thursday
August 29th. and Friday August 30th. There is no lunch option with this tour.
Photo by Dustin Nguyen
Knotts Berry Farm - This famous attraction is home to Denver and Rio Grande Western C-19
number 340 and Rio Grande Southern C-19 number 41. The rolling stock consists of beautifully
restored D&RGW closed vestibule coaches, a few “tourist” cars for those who prefer an open
air ride, RGS short caboose number 0402, RGS business car “Edna” and the parlor car Durango.
Rounding out the collection is RGS Galloping Goose number 3. This not to be missed tour
includes a train ride specifically for convention guests and a shop tour. The staff of the
Calico and Ghost Town Railroad are very knowledgeable about Colorado narrow gauge history,
especially regarding the equipment at the park and are happy to show off the collection.
This is a bus tour only that departs at 5:30 am and returns at 11:30 am Thursday August 29th.
and Friday August 30th. There is no lunch option with this tour. http://www.knotts.com/
Orange Empire Railway Museum - The largest railway museum in Southern California, OERM has an
extensive and varied collection of main line and traction equipment. Begun in 1956 as a means to
preserve examples of the quickly disappearing Pacific Electric “Big Red Cars” and narrow gauge
Los Angeles Railway trolleys. The collection has grown to include steam and diesel locomotives,
passenger cars, freight cars and cabooses. A fair amount of equipment is operational and there is a
dual gauge loop as well as about 2 miles of standard gauge main line, offering plenty of opportunity
to ride trolleys and trains. Narrow gauge fans will especially enjoy seeing the collection of equipment
donated to the museum by the late Disney animator Ward Kimball. Amongst the items on display
are the 2-6-0 “Emma Nevada” (ex-Nevada Central “Sidney Dillon”) and former Carson and Colorado coach. Other narrow gauge
items of interest include a few pieces of rolling stock from the Southern Pacific narrow gauge plus the D&RGW and a working
replica of the Southern Pacific narrow gauge “Armstrong” Turn table at Laws, CA. There is a bus tour that departs at 12:30 pm
and returns at 7:00 pm on Thursday August 29th. and Friday August 30th. with a lunch option. Saturday August 31st. is a self
drive tour. http://www.oerm.org/
Updated August 20, 2013
Fillmore and Western Railway - Located in the picturesque Santa Clara River Valley the
vintage equipment found here will take you back to the heyday of railroading. The
Fillmore and Western has been used for movies, television programs and commercials
but the heart and soul of the operation are the excursion trains that run each weekend.
Rolling through avocado and citrus groves at a leisurely pace there is plenty of time to
enjoy the train ride. The railroad has a very nice collection of EMD and ALCO diesel
locomotives and an operational steam locomotive. Rolling stock includes stream-
line and heavyweight passenger cars plus a variety of freight cars and a few cabooses.
This not to be missed activity includes a yard tour, train ride from Fillmore to Santa Paula
and back. This is a bus tour only that departs at 10:00 am Wednesday August 28th.
and returns at 4:00 pm with lunch included. http://www.fwry.com/
No Substitutions on tour events
Schedule for Trips and Tours:
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Trips and tours schedule (Excel)