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South Bay Historical Railroad Society Open House

The South Bay Historical Railroad Society will hold its semi-annual open house at the Santa Clara Depot on the first weekend of November.

On November 5th & 6th, the South Bay Historical Railroad Society (SBHRS), located at 1005 Railroad Ave. in Santa Clara will hold its semi-annual Open House and Train Show.

The open house gives community members the opportunity to visit historical sites like the Old Santa Clara Tower, where they originally controlled the track switches that allowed trains to change tracks. Visitors can also see and walk through the Santa Clara Depot, the oldest train station on the West Coast.

Tour the restored 1912 Pullman Cafe Parlor Observation Car, the Edward Peterman Museum of Railroad History and watch model trains navigate our HO and N scale layouts.


While you’re there, please visit the South Bay Historical Railroad Society’s Company Store where you or your little one can purchase and take home their very own train car.

The SBHRS has been operating out of the Historical Depot since 1985. Located at the Santa Clara CalTrain Station across from the entrance to Santa Clara University, it has brought joy to kids of all ages for decades.

The South Bay Historical Railroad Society is allowed to use the historic CalTrain building as its headquarters in exchange for maintaining the building, a switch tower and two other buildings on the property. The depot also serves as a stopping point for the annual Holiday Train, which collects toy donations for the annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive that happens every December. This year, the train is expected to stop at the Santa Clara CalTrain station on December 3 of this year.

This semi-annual open house event helps keep the nonprofit running. Tickets can be purchased onsite. Adults are $5.00. Children under 18 are free when accompanied by a paying adult. For more information about the event and to preregister for the show, visit the South Bay Historical Railroad Society’s website.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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