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Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community
  • Seniors


4696 Nebo Dr.La Mesa, CA 91941 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association, Inc.


The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association, Inc. is dedicated to preserving the physical legacy and the experience of rail transportation. Programs address the historical, social, economic and technical impact of railroading with particular emphasis on railroads of San Diego County and the larger systems with which they connected in the United States and Mexico.


The Museum stresses a living history approach in interpreting railroad history to the widest possible audience. PSRM's programs are designed to increase public appreciation, education and enjoyment of the significance of the railroad heritage through:

Operation of a demonstration railroad

Establishment of a research library available to the public

Educational facilities which are maintained and operated for the instruction of the public in railroad history, railroad operations and general rail transportation technology

The Museum's collections are used to support the following mainline stories and to create a museum specialty niche in historic preservation. Specific substories connect "branchlines" and are approached within the context of one or more of the major themes. The dominant perspective will always be the history of Pacific Southwest railroading.

San Diego & Arizona Railway

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad

Southern Pacific

Military Railroading in the West

International/Border Railroading

Urban Electric Railroads

General Railroading and Early Era Railroading (Broad basic technology and history included primarily as background perspective when specific areas are not covered in context of other storylines)

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association, Inc.
A non-profit tax exempt educational organization
Tax exempt number 95-2374478


The Museum operates two distinct venues:

1) The 1894 La Mesa Depot Museum in downtown La Mesa, CA. It is open on Saturday afternoons for tours. A steam locomotive, refrigerator car and caboose are also displayed there.

2) The Campo Railroad Museum, located in Campo, about 50 miles east of La Mesa. Volunteers operate vintage trains every weekend on either a 1 to 1 1/2 hour 12 to 15 mile ride or an all-day trip to Tecate, Mexico. Over 80 pieces of railroad equipment are on display. Campo is also the location of the Museum's restoration and maintenance shop and the Museum's research library. The library contains a large collection of historical railroad information, especially relating to San Diego County.


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