Pacific Southwest Railway Museum
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm
The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum is a railroad museum in California controlled by the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association located in Campo, on the San Diego & Arizona Eastern Railway line. The museum also owns and manages a railroad depot located in La Mesa.
Since 1986, the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association operates all-volunteer train excursions from the restored 1916 Depot in Campo, in the Mountain Empire area of southeastern San Diego County, California. These trains are powered by vintage diesel-electric locomotives.
The museum also has several historic railroad cars and locomotives on display, including five steam locomotives, seventeen diesel locomotives and many other pieces of rolling stock. A large display building houses part of the railroad equipment collection which allow visitors to view or walk through the equipment. The museum is also home to the Southwest Railway Library. This library was housed in the Santa Fe Depot baggage section in downtown San Diego until early 2003 to make way for an expansion of the Museum of Contemporary Art; the library collection was moved and went to storage in the Campo facility until moving to the current library, which opened on July 2014.
Personal Experience: I supposed this type of trip isn’t for everyone but I personally found it fascinating. I love trains though. I’ve always had this great fantasy of taking a long-distance trip in a fancy train where we can sleep, lounge and dine. Some of these old carts look exactly how I always imagined my trip to look. Do fancy, old trains even offer services like that anymore? I have no clue!
There are SO many old trains to explore, all in various conditions and each has its own charm. There is also a train ride you can take which will take you on a short trip around the area. This is a great self-guided museum for families and train enthusiasts alike! I would also think this would be a fantastic area for photo shoots.