Long before it became the place for technology development, Santa Clara property was an important part of California’s railways. Everyone living in Santa Clara is invited to come learn more about this fascinating history at the Edward Peterman Museum of Railroad History. The museum holds a large collection of fascinating artefacts related to the railroads that criss crossed the United States. Explore a business car from the Oregon & Washington Railroad & Navigation. This car, #184, was loaned to the museum in 2009.
Everyone Living in Santa Clara Will Learn about the City’s Railroading Past
The museum is located within the original railroad depot, built in 1863, a truly historic Santa Clara property. Inside are two model train layouts, in HO and N scale. These depict different eras in the railroads, as well as several areas of operations. Volunteers at the museum change the layouts regularly, so it’s always worth a visit to see what’s new. The Passenger Waiting Room has been fully restored and houses items showing the development of travel by rail, as well as the many people who made it possible, from ticket clerks to engineers.
The museum is open Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Consider joining the South Bay Historical Railroad Society to help support the preservation work.