All Aboard! Train Days at the County Museum
If you love trains, January 20 and 21 is the weekend to be at the San Bernardino County Museum! Watch model trains as they chug along their tracks through miniature cities and mountains. Learn more about railroads and play special train games. Hear about Locomotive 3751 from the San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society, and learn about Women in Railroading. Enjoy the Redlands Fourth-of-July Band conducted by Curtiss Allen on Saturday and join the Roundhouse Story Circle on Saturday and Sunday. Trains will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days. All activities are free with Museum admission, and children ages 5 to 12 are half price with a paid adult during this special weekend.
Several model trains on elaborate layouts will be running in the Fisk Gallery and the Hall of History, including steam locomotives, diesel locomotives, and a circus layout. Members of the Inland Empire Modular Railroaders, the Pacific Coast Modular Club, and the Orange County Module Railroaders are just some of the people who will be on hand to keep things running and to answer questions from young and old alike.
A special concert on Saturday will feature the Redlands Fourth-of-July Band conducted by Curtiss Allen. The band will perform selections from their new release, “Celebrate Redlands,” including “Put Me Off at Redlands,” written in 1915 by W. H. Pettibone, the city’s first train ticket salesperson. The band will perform from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. in the museum courtyard.
The San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society will give a presentation about “Locomotive 3751, the Santa Fe, and San Bernardino” at noon and 4 p.m. on Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Women in Railroading will display “Women in Railroading,” a traveling exhibit, and show a trailer for their new documentary about the famous Harvey Girls on Saturday and Sunday.
Join the Roundhouse Story Circle at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the courtyard to share favorite train stories with other railroad enthusiasts.
Children can play train games with the Museum Youth Club on both days.
Visitors will also learn about the museum’s train restoration project and see some railroad-related artifacts from the permanent collections.
The museum’s Garden Café will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for light lunches, snacks, and beverages.
The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays and holiday Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 (adult), $5 (student or senior), and $4 (child aged 5 to 12), but remember that children are half price during Train Days! Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org.
The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669 ext. 229 or (TDD) 909-792-1462.