Pacific Electric "Hollywood" Streetcar. It retired some time in the 1950s and was placed into storage. With an Alco 539T-6L prime mover powering a GE GT553C generator to drive four GE 731 traction motors, it delivers 34,000 lbs continuous tractive effort at 8 mph and had a top speed of 60 mph. mining district of Austin, NV, with the Southern Pacific at Battle Mountain. 2-8-2 Mikado type locomotives bought by the Union Pacific. At least six S-12s are preserved at railroad museums, including Kerr McGee #845 shown next on this page. The photos above and right show how the Kimballs made it look more like a locomotive from the 1860s than one built in 1881. #2 was sent to Southern Pacific’s Bayshore Shops near San Francisco in 1947, overhauled and extensively rebuilt, including replacing the worn out wooden cab with a salvaged metal one. Learn how your donation, large or small, can help protect and preserve Southern California’s Railway history. All Rights Reserved. Weighing 240,000 lbs and 48’ in length, it delivered 34,000 lbs tractive effort at 10.8 mph and had a top speed of 60 mph. The 3¼ mile climb through a redwood forest has some of the steepest grades west of the Mississippi (up to 9.5%). After WWII, it became DOT #015. Please visit our COVID-19 GUIDANCE page for more information. 7 comments. It was one of a batch of ten Class MK-10 built by Alco in 1921 (#2555-#2564). After the move, the museum began collecting other railroad related artefacts and began to focus on Southern California’s railroad history more broadly. Join our community of passionate train and trolley lovers!! Service started on 12th January 1952, and the GT&CR still operates to this day with the restored RGS equipment. Glancing at his pocket watch, then looking up, a uniformed conductor calls out "all aboard" as a train prepares to depart from the red brick Santa Fe Depot in Perris, California. In accordance with the orders from the Governor’s office and the Health Officer of the County Of Riverside, our indoor exhibits and car barns remained closed, and SCRM has adopted new guidelines for visitors. Click here to request permission to re-use an image. It was granted corporation number 324213. After Coach #5 and the vintage steam Ride streetcars, interurban electric cars, and trains on the Museum railway. You can see more Industrial Works cranes on the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Yard page of this website, the B&O Museum Yard, Virginia Museum of Transportation, Nevada Northern Railroad Museum, Spencer S. & Hope Fox Eccles Railroad Center, Lake Superior Railroad Museum and Gold Coast Railroad Museum pages. Orange Empire Railway Museum features a spectacular collection of rail cars, retired trains and memorabilia such as tickets, posters and signs in the West's largest collection in one location. Retired in 1971, the diesel equipment was removed and installed in ATSF #199787. Unless otherwise stated, all images, layouts and photographs on this website are copyright the author. Note the raised “washer/dryer” rear headlights, a feature of the last two orders of S-12s delivered to the SP (#1492-#1513 & #1539-#1550). As a result, the exhaust steam velocity increased, and a taller stack was needed to fill the stack evenly with a continuous vacuum. A gem of a museum in the heart of the Inland Empire. LA Railways car 1201 operating at Orange Empire Railway Museum in 2009.jpg 2,048 × 1,536; 428 KB OERM - Chloe Locomotive.jpg 2,048 × 1,536; 419 KB Oerm atsf 98 control stand.jpg 1,769 × 842; 416 KB You can still help if you can’t donate at this time. A little over a month later, on July 20th, 1956, the State of California granted a charter of incorporation as a non-profit educational organization to the Orange Empire Traction Company. It was subsequently converted to an oil burner (the tender has a capacity of 3,000 gallons of oil). Heavy grades made double-heading the norm and the many tunnels meant locomotive crews suffered in smoke and oil fumes. Each engine powers a generator which, in turn, powers a motor on each truck with side #1550 is a Baldwin built S-12 delivered to the Southern Pacific in 1953. S-12s were known for their pulling power, but they were also considered temperamental. In 1923, it moved to another UP subsidiary, the Oregon Short Line, where it was renumbered #2564 and spent the next forty-eight years hauling passenger and freight trains. Hotels near Orange Empire Railway Museum: (8.05 mi) Best Western Plus Lake Elsinore Inn & Suites (8.03 mi) Wilderness Lakes RV Resort (1.69 mi) Red Lion Inn & Suites Perris (4.04 mi) Meadowbrook RV Park (3.91 mi) Menifee Inn; View all hotels near Orange Empire Railway Museum on Tripadvisor Burro Crane #749 was built by by the Cullen-Friestedt Co., of Chicago, IL, for the AT&SF in 1951. It has 13” x 18” drivers and operated at a boiler pressure of 100 psi delivering 6,350 lbs tractive effort. For technical details, see the previous entry on this page on USAF Like #1543 shown earlier on this page, #1550 worked in and around the Los Angeles area all of its operating life. The Plymouth Locomotive Works in Plymouth, OH, built this ML-6 switcher for the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1941. It was the highest horsepower four-axle diesel road locomotive in the US at the time of its introduction, and put GE on the road to becoming the top locomotive producer in the US. By the 1930s, however, most of the mines had closed and the NCRR passed into receivership for the last time in 1938. This was the second locomotive bought for the “Grizzly Flats” in 1948. They were used by track inspectors and railroad work crews to move quickly to and from work sites with their tools, and could be easily lifted clear of the tracks to allow regular trains to pass (note the well worn handles in the photo on the lower left). A coal burner, #2654 has a 70 sq ft grate, 242 sq ft firebox and total heating surface of 5,128 sq ft, including 912 sq ft of superheating. Ward died in 2002, but the family continued to operate #2 until 2006 when it was donated to the museum. You can see another Mojave Northern 0-6-0T, #3, on the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum page of this website. It last steamed regularly in 1951, when it was side-lined with mechanical issues, but ran again once in 1985 in a race with Tom Scherman’s “Iron Man”. Close. For technical details on the S-12, see the previous entry on this page for Kerr McGee #844. Built some time in the 1920s by Fairmont Railway Motors, the Rio Grande Southern operated this motor car right up until abandonment in 1951. Right up until 1970, several railroads also tried repowering and remodelling their VO-1000s, although not always entirely successfully. Perhaps they are members of family trying to find a bit of history — when Dad or Mom worked for the railroad and what they did. area for most of its operating life. save hide report. You can see other GE You can see other Burro cranes on the Gold Coast Railroad Museum page of this website, the Savannah Roundhouse Museum page and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum Yard page. Although major silver production soon ended in about 1887, the railroad struggled on. to the museum with the special flat car used to move it from job to job. We’re usually funded by ticket sales, gift store sales, venue rentals, and donor support. The motor car was donated to the museum by Knotts Berry Farm Train Shop owner, Evan Middleton, and has been restored to operating condition. These would also increase tractive effort at lower speeds. This gas hydraulic switcher was built by the Plymouth Locomotive Works in Plymouth, OH, for the Nevada Central and was bought by the Kimballs for the “Grizzly Flat Railroad” after the Nevada Central ceased operations in 1938. Digimarc and the Digimarc logo are registered trademarks of Digimarc Corporation. Note the extra set of (#1-#5). It operated at a boiler pressure of 210 psi delivering 51,076 lbs tractive effort. It was renumbered #5948 in 1970 as part of a general renumbering. Ride streetcars, interurban electric cars, and trains on the Museum railway. Terms & Conditions. MW-7090 shown next on this page. The Roaring Camp & Big Trees Railroad is a 36” gauge tourist railroad running from the Roaring Camp depot in Felton, CA, up to the top of nearby Bear Mountain. This Prairie type locomotive (2-6-2) was built by Baldwin in 1922 as #107 for the Cascade Timber Co., in Reliance, WA. It became #8 at McAlister, OK, and later worked for the Port of Los Angeles Authority as #1. Ward, #1543 worked in and around the Los Angeles Grounds: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas; with Boxpok disc main drivers, improved main rods and a modified smoke box with a new “Sweeney” stack. Join the mailing list, send a comment or query, report a broken link or suggest a new one. It was later renumbered #199774 and, in 1959, was converted to diesel power. Train and Trolley operation: Every weekend and major holidays. page). The boom can be fitted with different tools depending on the assignment, from a hook to an electromagnet. Cascade Timber ceased operations in 1942 and #107 was sold to the Ventura County Railway, which connected the Naval Construction Battalion supply base at Port Hueneme, CA, with the Southern Pacific Railroad at Oxnard. The original line is now part of the V&S Railway. Explore the West’s largest collection of railway locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban electric cars, buildings and other artifacts dating from the 1870’s. Norton Air Force Base, CA. One of my favorite highlights to see at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, CA. Originally numbered #7508, this unit was The Orange Empire Railway Museum, now known as the Southern California Railway Museum, is located at 2201 South A Street in Perris, CA, at Pinacate Station. The CRSM leased the right of way through Perris and the two organisations worked side by side until they amalgamated in 1975 to form the Orange Empire Museum. The “Chloe”, a sightseeing car and two gondolas stayed at the Kimballs. The “Burro” was named after the hardy old West pack animal, a Spanish breed of donkey. The engine weighs 132,270 lbs, 101,300 lbs on its 44” drivers. There are operating trolleys every 776 (Marmon-Herrington TC48) No. The Orange Empire Railway Museum, now known as the Southern California Railway Museum, is located at 2201 South A Street in Perris, CA, at Pinacate Station. The choice was the RSD-1, the first thirteen rebuilt from four axle Alco RS-1s (#8000-#8012). You can see another UP 2-8-2 on the UP #2295 page of this website. Subject: Orange Empire Railway Museum Issue: Remarks: 17155 W. 44th Avenue, Golden, CO 80403 • Main Museum: 303-279-4591 • Library Research Desk: 720 … Nos. The Please see our EVENTS page for departure times and ticket information. The second locomotive was named “Chloe” after the Kimballs’ youngest daughter (the “Chloe” is shown next on this FP45 Roster. Around 1955, the locomotive went into storage in Pocatello, ID, where it stayed until donated to a historical foundation in 1959 and placed on display in a park in Oro Grande, CA. S-12 has a De Lavergne 606A SC prime mover and Westinghouse WE480 generator powering four Westinghouse WE362 traction motors, one on each axle. We hope you and your family are in good spirits and health. 67-75lb rails, six-wheeled trucks were to be used. In November 1973, after sale to the museum, it was shipped to Perris on two flatcars. The beckoning sound of a steam whistle breaks the morning silence. In 1966, #2 was donated by Southwest Portland Cement to the California Southern Railroad Museum. No reservation costs. It started work at Rock Island Arsenal on Arsenal Island in Illinois and was later transferred to the US Air Force Base in March, CA. #2 weighs 118,000 lbs. You can see another surviving Nevada Central locomotive ex-Northern Pacific Coast #12 on the California State Railroad Museum page of this website. They were generally under 25 ton gasoline burners designed for industrial use. The H&N had a two mile right of way near Left, above and right, although a little faded, the Santa Fe “Warbonnet” makes #98 a handsome sight in the morning sun. Weighing 252,000 lbs and 60’ 2” long, it delivers starting tractive effort of 75,000 lbs at 30%, 64,000 lbs at 10.7 mph and has a top speed of 70 mph. "The museum also operates a heritage railroad on the museum grounds. ... Over the past 70+ years, the Illinois Railway Museum has acquired over 450 pieces of equipment. Explore the West’s largest collection of railway locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban electric cars, buildings and other artifacts dating from the 1870’s. #12 is powered by a 175 hp six cylinder LeRoi gasoline engine. #2 was built by Burnham, Parry, Williams & Co., an early incarnation of the Baldwin Locomotive Works. Last revised: June 26, 2008 Maintained by Evan Werkema. Trains operate year-round. Orange Empire Railway Museum [RoyalSlider Error] No post attachments found. Location of the Southern California Railway Museum. Sold for scrap, it was then bought by the museum in 1989. It was founded in 1956 as the Orange Empire Trolley Museum to collect and maintain the Pacific Electric Red Cars, which were then disappearing from service. Produced for UP subsidiary, the Los Angeles & Salt Lake, as #3725 it was renumbered #2725 in 1922, and operated on the east end of the line between Salt Lake City, UT, and Caliente, NV. Get the inside track of everything that is happening at the Museum. You can see Western Railroad Company VO-1000 #1107 on the Museum of the American Railroad page of this website, CTN VO-1000 #32 on the B&O Museum Yard & Car Shop page and USN #7467 on the Tennessee Valley Rail Road Museum page. VO-1000s from 1939 to 1946, all for US railroads, forty for the US Navy. Volunteer opportunities are plentiful for most ages and abilities. This database will allow you to browse through the collection in groups, or you can search for a specific piece of equipment. Highlights include guest engineer program, and caboose rentals. It then went through a couple of private owners and steamed occasionally in the late 1950s and early 1960s and, for the last time at Port Hueneme in February 1972. Yes, we're off to the Orange Empire Railway Museum, where they have a host of not just locomotives, but freight and passenger cars, streetcars, electric cars, and other artifacts dating from the 1870's, with a focus on Southern California, with much of it rescued from scrapyards after the discontinuation of their passenger operations. Visit the Museum’s collection of more than 200 streetcars and railway vehicles to experience the early days of electric, steam, and diesel railway transportation in and around Los Angeles. 45-Ton switchers on the Mid-Continent Railway Museum page of this website and the Illinois Railway Museum Yard page. The narrow gauge Nevada Central was completed in 1880 to connect the silver It was founded in 1956 as the Orange Empire Trolley Museum to collect and maintain the Pacific Electric Red … #2 was built by Baldwin #7441 is powered by two Cummins NH150 diesel engines developing 300 hp. The H&N replaced their electric locomotives with diesels in 1970, and donated #1 to the museum. #8 was built as USN #2 in 1944 and went to Schumaker, OK. #98 was delivered as ATSF #108 in December 1967, the last FP45 bought by the Santa Fe. Nevada Central #2 was the first locomotive to join the “Grizzly Flats Railroad” in 1938. Bought by Southern California Edison it served the company’s General Store facility in Alhambra, CA, until donated to the museum in 1974. Weighing 360,000 lbs and 72' 4" long, it produced starting tractive effort of 90,000 lbs at 25% and 82,100 lbs continuous tractive effort at 16.1 mph with a top speed of 65 mph. 5538 (ETI 14TrSf) None of the retired ETI 15TrSF articulated trolleybuses have been saved for the historical fleet. share. Except during periods of repair and overhaul, #2 has been in service at the museum ever since. The steam locomotive Ventura County #2 normally operates on the third weekend of the month from September to May as well as during certain special events and major holidays. You can see other RSD-1s on the Tennessee Valley Rail Road Museum page of this website, the National Railroad Museum and Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Yard pages. With 17” x 24” cylinders, it operates at a boiler pressure of 175 psi delivering 23,400 lbs tractive effort. Nine FP45s were built from 1967 to 1968, for the AT&SF (#100-#108), which did not want its prestigious Super Chief and other passenger trains pulled by hood units with external walkways. Below, #98 is pulled out of the shed by SP #3100 with OERM #1975 in tow (#3100 and #1975 are shown later on this page). Page published 1st Aug 2014. #2564 is the last of three hundred and sixty-two The GE “Universal” Series began production in 1956 and about four hundred export units were sold (U4B, U6B, U9B, U9C, U12B, U12C, U18B, U18C & UD18B) before the U25B was offered in the US. In 1990, it returned to #5998 and then, shortly after, was renumbered #98. Visitor Center and Gift Shop: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM 530 and 536 (Marmon-Herrington TC40, at Orange Empire Railway Museum (OERM)) No. It has a 1,000 hp eight cylinder De Lavergne VO 6c prime mover, powering four Westinghouse WE362 traction motors, one on each axle. The museum was officially in business. They were designed to produce draft with less back pressure by increasing the size of the nozzles. who was then an animator for Walt Disney Studios and avid railroad enthusiast, decided to buy the last passenger coach from Southern Pacific’s narrow gauge subsidiary, the Carson & Colorado Railroad. It is 55’ 5¾” long and weighs 204,000 lbs. Anyone who likes to see old trains and trolleys, anyone with an interest in history, anyone with a desire to have a picnic in a place that reminds you of America in the past, will enjoy the Orange Empire Railway Museum. in 1883 for the Waimanolo Sugar Co., in Waimanolo, HI, as “Pokaa”. #98 was retired in late 1997 and donated to the OERM in January 1998. Over 7,500 locomotives were built in Plymouth starting in 1910 under Some highlights from a few hours at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, California, on 'Pumpkin Day' in October 2015. The museum grounds are open every day from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm other than on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and admission is free. #2 was built as a coal burner and may also have burned wood while working at Cascade Timber. However, the experiment was not considered a success and no other U25 units were converted. Archived. Orange Empire Railway Museum, Perris: See 109 reviews, articles, and 96 photos of Orange Empire Railway Museum, ranked No.2 on Tripadvisor among 18 attractions in Perris. A quick mention on your social media would mean the world to us. Ward donated the “Emma Nevada”, Coach #5 and most of the rolling stock to the museum in 1992. Four hundred and seventy-eight U25B units were built for US railroads by General Electric between 1959 and 1966. A coal burner, #2 weighs 44,000 lbs, 37,000 lbs on its 41” drivers. When I visited, it had just undergone a major overhaul and was being air pressure tested. the J. D. Fate Company, then in 1919 as Fate-Root-Heath and becoming Plymouth Locomotive Works in the late 1950s. Reviews from Orange Empire Railway Museum employees about Orange Empire Railway Museum culture, salaries, benefits, work-life balance, management, job security, and more. #2 was named “Chloe” after the Kimballs’ daughter. However, the USA Mikado 2-8-2s (#1000-#1199) were soon struggling with 1,000 ton “Aid-to-Russia” trains against high temperatures in the southern plains, and good water was scarce along the whole route. #749 can also load and unload itself from the flat car by picking up the track ramp that sits on the deck, lowering it into place on the rails and driving down onto the rails. prompting, he then bought Mogul (2-6-0) type locomotive #2, once named “Sidney Dillon”, which had operated on the Nevada Central since 1881. EMD electrical equipment, reclassifying them as U25BE units. For more information about Orange Empire Railway Museum upcoming events, visit the Museum's website: or call (909) 657-2605. a depot, caboose, cattle car and an 0-4-2T steam locomotive that once ran in Hawaii were added. #3100 is one of sixty-eight bought by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1963 You can see another ex-Waimanolo locomotive, #3 “Olomana”, on the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Yard page of this website. The Southern California Railway Museum has re-opened its campus and outdoor exhibits as of Saturday, May 30th, 2020. This group is dedicated to the Orange Empire Railway Museum located in Perris California. #8 is 48’ 10” long and weighs 244,500 lbs. This centre cab locomotive is powered by two Cummins L-6-1 diesel engines which deliver a total of 500 hp. Posted by 2 years ago. Ward renamed #2 “Emma Nevada” after a famous opera star of the late 1800s. It became Southern Pacific MW-7024, then, in 1931, MW-7090. the track was extended, You can see the first of these, TXIX RSD-1 #8000, on the Museum of the American Railroad page of this website. Randy Doss had some spare time one day in 1997 while on an errand to pick up materials for a model railroad he was building with his son. Delivered in September 1953 as #1543, this S-12 is one of fifty-six built for the Southern Pacific by Baldwin between 1951 and 1953, in addition to three delivered to the SP subsidiary, the Texas & New Orleans in 1953. In 1989, it was the first of two FP45s repainted in Superfleet red and silver and renumbered #102. locomotive were installed on a short section of track in the Kimballs’ San Gabriel orange grove, friends and family helped with the restoration effort. closed at 12:00 Noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. A number are still in use at military facilities across the US. In 1997, after months of preparation, the engine and tender were loaded onto large flatcars and transported to Perris. When rail operations ceased there in the late 1970s, it was donated to the museum. rods connecting the axles. In 1996, a modernisation of the park forced the removal of the locomotive and it was acquired by the museum. Self-propelled, #749 wheels on the outside of the crane, which engage with the rails to give greater stability when operating from the deck. This originally steam powered 120 ton wrecking derrick was built for the AT&SF as #99774 by Industrial Works, Bay City, MI, in 1909. An oil burner with 46” drivers and 17” x 24” cylinders, it operated at a boiler pressure of 150 psi delivering 19,218 lbs tractive effort. The unit was later sold to Kerr McGee, the oil and gas operator based in Oklahoma City, OK, where it was renumbered #844. Orange Empire Railway Museum The Southern California Railway Museum, formerly known as the Orange Empire Railway Museum, at 2201 South "A" Street in Perris, California, is a railroad museum founded in 1956 at the Pinacate Station as the "Orange Empire Trolley Museum. After the war, it was applied to the railroad’s FT, F3, F7 and Alco PA units, and has continued sporadically up until today on some modern BNSF heritage units.
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