Goleta Depot is a preserved site of Southern Pacific Railroad Train Station, and the South Coast Railroad Museum is the main attraction of Goleta Depot. The museum’s main features are a small railroad, a Caboose, and one replica train set of the good-old railroads in Goleta. During the ‘Save The Depot Campaign’, local supporters donated a handful of railroad artifacts and memorabilia that served as the museum’s early collections.
The American Research Institute took charge of developing the Goleta Depot as a living museum in 1983. The directors of the institute decided that they could take the museum’s legacy further and better develop the landmark as a museum and community centerpiece. This sparks the ignition to fulfill the establishment of the South Coast Railroad Museum, Goleta, California.
Location and Timing of the Museum
The rail museum sits pretty on the Los Carneros Road, Goleta next to Lake Los Carneros with walking trails and bird watching. The entry to the museum is free and is open for public viewing from Friday to Sunday, from 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Railroading is an adventurous experience, and the South Coast Rail Museum focuses on the history, expertise, equipment, and exploration of railroading. The museum also focuses on the key role of the South Coast Railroad in improving the rural community life across America. The major attraction of the museum is the Goleta Depot, a station house built-in 1901. The museum actively invites donations, volunteers, and members’ participation to keep the history of South Coast Railroad alive.
Party and Picnic Celebrations
South Coast Railroad Museum is a great place to gather with family and friends to celebrate occasions like birthdays and picnics. Children are naturally attracted to the thrill of train rides, and if they get a chance to celebrate on historical moving trains, then their joy sees no bound. The museum allows organizing birthday parties to the general public and museum members at attractive prices.
Favorite Rides at the Museum
Miniature Train Rides– The miniature train rides are available throughout the weekend, where museum engines 1316 and 2655 offer rides on the 1/6 miles tracks and the Centennial loop. Both kids and adults can board the miniature train for the experience of the lifetime.
Handcar Rides– Handcars are moved by manually propelling the livers, and it needs muscle power. Handcars came into existence during the 19th century, primarily used to transport railroad workers and equipment. This handcar also runs on the same track as that of the trains.
Goleta Depot Open House– You can visit the landmark building, which is open for viewing throughout the event. You can see here the historic Freight Office and Waiting Room.
Kids are welcomed to try their hands on operating toys and model trains. There are static displays of model trains and popular gauges throughout the museum and grounds.