Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, Campo

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Visit our La Mesa Depot Museum at 4695 Nebo Drive, La Mesa, CA (admission is free, donations gratefully accepted) ~ open during various City of La Mesa events such as the Summer Car Show and Christmas in the Village.

The Museum's main facility is located in Campo, California, about 50 miles east of downtown San Diego. A restored depot is also operated adjacent to the trolley tracks in La Mesa.

The Museum is operated by volunteers, who are responsible for every phase of its operation. An FRA (Federal Railroad Administration) approved training program is utilized to safely train brakemen, conductors, fireman and engineers. Indeed, many Museum volunteers have gone on to full-time employment with various railroads and Amtrak.

The Campo facility is home to most of the Museum's collection. More than eighty major pieces of railroad equipment are on display, with many of them in various stages of restoration by the volunteers.
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  • We took a drive out to Campo whilst visiting friends in San Diego and we are glad we did. The drive out via California Highway 94 was a great way to start the day. The scenery was stunning and we had ...  more »
  • The train ride does not have many highlights, but the docents do a good job of telling the history of the area. Crosses the PCT, and you can see "the wall". Expanding museum and facilities make this a...  more »
  • Enjoyed train ride and friendly people. Indoor exhibit is intense and enjoyable. Long outdoor walk was intense in the heat so bring water and beware of this place of you have a bee allergy, lots are present and flying around.
  • Way out of the way... But if you love trains it's worth the drive. Took my kid for the bunny train. He loved it, but I feel like they could do so much more with it and could make great profits. Pictures, more snacks and drinks. Maybe even a mini snack bar or coffee bar for us parents

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