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Trip Planner: USA / California / Simi Valley / Santa Susana Depot Museum and Model Railroad
Santa Susana Depot is a train station building located near the Santa Susana Pass in Simi Valley, California. Originally located on Los Angeles Avenue at Tapo Street, the depot opened in 1903. The Santa Susana Tunnel opened the next year, reducing the distance and transit time between Montalvo and Burbank on the Coast Route linking Los Angeles and San Francisco. Plans and construction for the building were based on Southern Pacific Railroad standard design Two Story Combination Depot No. 22. The depot served the community of Rancho Simi as a passenger station, telegraph office, and freight depot where farmers could deliver crops for shipping and pick up farming equipment delivered by the railroad.
Due to lessening passenger traffic and changes in the shipment of freight, Southern Pacific closed the station in the early 1970s, leaving Santa Susana Depot empty and destined for demolition. The County of Ventura purchased the depot from the railroad for $1.06. In May 1975 the building was divided into three parts and moved by truck to county property two miles east of the site it was built on. The County of Ventura designated the building Landmark #29 in January, 1976. PutSanta Susana Depot Museum and Model Railroad into our Simi Valley online tour itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
Santa Susana Depot Museum and Model Railroad reviews
Well worth it. Kurt is very knowledgeable - just have time to have everything explained! Fun. Also lots on Corriganville which is another amazing place.
Well worth it. Kurt is very knowledgeable - just have time to have everything explained! Fun. Also lots on Corriganville which is another amazing place. more »
This place is very quaint. It is lots of fun to visit for adults who like scaled trains. They have wonderful track layouts. Thay also have volenteers who a ver knowledgable. About the trains and are..... more
This place is very quaint. It is lots of fun to visit for adults who like scaled trains. They have wonderful track layouts. Thay also have volenteers who a ver knowledgable. About the trains and are..... more »
If you like trains, even just a bit, this is a gem. There are two people dressed in period costume that obviously very much love what they do. I learned much about the history of Santa Susana and Simi. I would give this 10 stars if I could. There is also one of the best model railroad layouts I have seen.
This place is amazing. Taking you back in time. Thank you Curt for the wonderful tour. Highly recommend it to anyone that wants to know about the history of Simi valley.
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