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Mission Statement

The non-profit Orange Empire Railway Museum has been preserving Southern California’s railway history since 1956. Home to over 200 historic railway cars and locomotives from Los Angeles and the West, the museum’s 90-acre site in Perris, California is open to the public 363 days a year. Railway trains operate every weekend- come experience a day of family fun exploring the large grounds and riding the trains and trolleys that helped create the Southern California we know today.


We have preserved a great many rare and impressive pieces of rail history, but our most valuable asset is our volunteers.

We’re a non-profit museum of all volunteers. We have 200 active volunteers, but it is not enough to do the important work of keeping Southern California’s rail heritage alive.

We especially need a younger generation of train enthusiasts who can work one on one with our many skilled older volunteers and technicians.

Why don’t you pitch in and become a part of the history we continue to make? All you need is long pants and some sturdy shoes and a budding interest in trains or a skilled expertise.

At Orange Empire Railway Museum, we work with metal, wood, mechanics and electronics to preserve and restore our historic rolling stock. We paint, landscape, sell food and souvenirs, punch tickets, give tours, plan events, handle crowds and do the many things our living museum needs.

You can be part of a train crew and give rides to the public on weekends. You can learn to be a motorcar crewmember, motorcar operator, brakeman, conductor, engineer and more. Volunteer as a mechanic, restorer, docent, track maintenance, grounds keeper, manager, overhead wire repairer and machine operator.

We train and certify our volunteers under Railroad Safety Technical Training Standards of the Federal Railroad Administration. Volunteers must be museum members under the museum’s general liability insurance policy.

If you’re new to the Orange Empire Railway Museum or just looking for something to do, you’ve found the right place. We will help you and your family finds a spot that’s rewarding. Pay us a visit in Perris to begin working in your field of choice. Or call our volunteer coordinator, Rob Zanin at 951-662-3023 or email him at rjzanin@msn.com



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