The San Diego Railroad Museum, operated by the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association, is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of railroads as they existed in the Pacific Southwest.
The Museum's main facility is located in Campo, California, about 45 miles east of downtown San Diego. Over eighty major pieces of railroad equipment, including steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars and cabooses are available for inspection and interpretation.
A restored depot is also operated adjacent to the trolley tracks in La Mesa.
La Mesa Depot
The La Mesa Depot Museum is La Mesa, California's oldest building in its original form and is the sole surviving San Diego and Cuyamaca Railway Station in existence. The building you see today on the corner of Spring Street and La Mesa Boulevard in downtown La Mesa has an colorful history.
The public is admitted free to the La Mesa Depot Museum for tours on weekend afternoons. Visitors can inspect the steam locomotive and string of freight cars on the nearby track and pass through the ticket/waiting area and view the telegrapher's station and a small exhibit area in the baggage room. This building and its past are a fascinating look at a bit of small-town railroading from yesteryear and its importance to the community it served.
The Campo Depot is located on:
State Highway 94 & Forest Gate Road
To drive to Campo, proceed east on Interstate 8 from San Diego for about 45 miles. Exit at Buckman Springs Road and proceed south for about 10 miles. At the intersection with State Route 94, turn right and proceed westbound for about 1.5 miles until you cross the railroad tracks. Turn left onto Forrest Gate Road and follow the signs to the Museum.
Alternatively, you may take State Route 94 from downtown San Diego. Route 94 is a two-lane country highway east of Spring Valley, which makes for an interesting scenic drive for those so inclined.
La Mesa Depot is located on:
4695 Nebo Drive
La Mesa, California 91941-5259
Tips & Suggestions
You should allow about 90-minutes of driving time from downtown San Diego for the first time you make the trip. Plan on arriving at least 30-minutes before your excursion's departure time.
The Museum is open for walking tours every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Rail excursions on historic trains are available on many weekends, please check the excursion schedule for event availability.
Main Facility & Train Rides
619) 465-PSRM (465-7776) weekdays