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Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy


4695 NEBO DRLA MESA, CA 91941 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association, Inc. is dedicated to preserving the physical legacy, historical context, cultural landscape and experience of rail transportation. Programs address the historical, educational, social, economic and technical impact of railroading with particular emphasis on railroads of San Diego County and the larger systems it connected to within the Southwestern United States.


The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum (PSRM) was found in 1961 and incorporated in 1966, is the only international railway excursion Museum in North America. Since 1986, we have strived to pass on the significance of our country's railroad heritage and the role it has played in the advancement of our state and nation through a living history approach, designed to increase public appreciation, education and enjoyment. Today it is one of the largest operating, living history train museums in California, with exhibits dating back 135 years.
On November 15, 1919, John D. Spreckels drove the "Gold Spike" completing the San Diego & Arizona Railway, America's last transcontinental railroad, What an exciting time for Southern California's history!

In honor of this momentus occasion, the Pacific Southwest Railway will be holding celebrations on September 7 and November 16, 2019, to honor these historic events with reenactments of the September Ground Breaking of the railroad and on November 16 the completion of the railway. The ceremonies will be held at our main museum location in Campo, CA (750 Depot St., 91906) and we are in need of volunteers.


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