Lomita Railroad Museum
Lomita Railroad Museum, located in Los Angeles, CA, is a museum that is owned and operated by the Pacific Railroad Preservation Association.
The museum is dedicated to sharing railroad history with the public through photos, artifacts, film footage, historical documentation of railroading. It has a collection of historic railroad equipment used throughout all of America's major railroads including steam engines, passenger cars, cabooses, and other railroad equipment.
The museum is made up of full-size pieces of equipment that were built by the major American manufacturers in the early 20th century. For example, they have a steam locomotive built by Baldwin Locomotive Works, which was one of America's oldest and most well-known locomotive manufacturers before it went out of the locomotive business in 1956.
They also have a steam engine that was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works; it is an 0-6-0 tank locomotive class named after American inventor and government official John Ericsson, who designed this type of engine. The museum also has a steam engine built by Piedmont and Northern Railway Company, which operated between 1899 and 1929. This engine was named after its owner, railroad tycoon Samuel Spencer (also known as The Iron Man).
Within the museum itself, they display artifacts like passenger lanterns used for railway signaling, lamps that were mounted on freight cars to help workers see in bad weather conditions, pocket watches worn by engineers; they have train brake shoes, bells, whistles, and even an interlocking machine. The museum also has a collection of books about American railroad history.
Lomita Railroad Museum Facilities
Museum visitors can get a guided tour of the equipment that is on exhibition. They also have a gift shop where they sell books about American railroad history, quilts made from used railroad signals, and other souvenirs. They hold special events during holidays like Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Thanksgiving. The museum holds Train Days every year in September.
It also has a collection of smaller size pieces of equipment including a caboose that was owned by a Santa Fe employee in the 1950s, a dining car built by Pullman that was used on Southern Pacific's San Francisco Chief train from 1955 to 1971.
In addition, the museum has a piece of Japanese railway equipment known as an E8000 Series Shinkansen, which was a bullet train that was built by the Japan National Railway. The Shinkansen ran between Tokyo and Osaka from 1964 to 2011.
Lomita Railroad Museum Details
The Lomita Railroad Museum is a museum in Lomita, California devoted to California railroad history during the steam era. It was founded by Irene Lewis in the early 1960s on a single lot in the middle of a residential part of Lomita and had its grand opening on June 23, 1967.
Address: 2137 West, 250th St, Lomita, CA 90717
Phone: (310) 326-6255