South Coast Railroad Museum, Goleta

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The South Coast Railroad Museum offers insights into history and the adventure of railroading, especially the key historical role of the railroad depot in rural community life across America.

The museum centerpiece is the historic Goleta Depot, a country railroad station house built by the Southern Pacific in 1901. Other attractions included a miniature train ride through museum grounds, a model railroad set in Santa Barbara and Goleta and a real-life caboose.
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  • I went to visit the Santa Barbara neighboring Golita. A lot of families were having fun at Los Caneros Park. The Railway Museum is the highlight of the old American railway station.
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  • When I was kid I spent hour upon hours on the railroad tracks and exploring in and around the depot @ it's original location . when I was about 9 or10 I found an old padlock. While visiting the railro...  more »
  • This place is located on the right side of the tracks. Cool citrus trees everywhere. Cool wedding photo spot. Cool lake nearby. Just make sure you close your mouth if you're jogging on the trails in the shade - swarms and swarms of gnats lurk about.
  • I used to take my young boys here regularly because they simply couldn't get enough of all things trains. It's a great way to spend an hour or two strolling the grounds and taking a step back in time to when train travel ruled the U.S. The mini-train ride is a treat and should not be missed. The gift shop is also worth a look around.

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