South Bay Historical Railroad Society

About Us

The South Bay Historical Railroad Society offers something for old and young alike. Stop by and see a little bit of California history.

1005 Railroad Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Telephone: (408) 243-3969

Map to the Santa Clara Depot

Hours and Admission
We are open to the public Tuesday evenings from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission is free.

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Santa Clara Depot

Santa Clara Depot

The South Bay Historical Railroad Society (SBHRS) was incorporated in 1985 to preserve the local area railroad heritage while running a working museum to benefit the community. Our members are volunteers and work on the renovation and preservation of the Santa Clara Railroad Depot, the Santa Clara Tower and the two maintenance-of-way buildings.

A large and varied collection of historic railroad artifacts are on display in the Edward Peterman Museum of Railroad History located in the Depot. This now includes the Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation business car #184 which was loaned to us and placed on our siding on June 26, 2009.

Within the Depot are two operational HO and N scale model railroad layout displays depicting various railroad eras and operations venues. Constant work by our members on these layouts provide an ever changing panorama, giving our visitors and members a better understanding of the different aspects of model railroading.

The Society is located in the historic Santa Clara (Caltrain) Depot in Santa Clara, California built in 1863.






  Open House and
Model Train Show

November 5 & 6, 2016 - Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Sunday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Fall Train Show and Open House, South Bay Historical Railroad Society at the Santa Clara Caltrain Station, 1005 Railroad Av., Santa Clara, CA. (408) 243-3969.

  • Admission: $5 all persons 18 and over.
  • Two museum-quality model railroad displays, running multiple trains (HO- and N-scale).
  • Enjoy our museum of real railroad artifacts.
  • The historic Santa Clara tower is a great place to spot a real train whiz by.
  • Come view the 1912 Pullman business car and imagine 1st class travel back in the day!
  • Check out our used items for sale at the Company Store.
  • Live Blue Grass music by Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association on Saturday from 12:00 - 3:00 pm.
  • Come on by and talk railroading with fellow railfans and SBHRS members.
  • Come see one of the best railroad libraries in Northern California.
  • All-Day Lunch Counter

Upcoming events

South Bay Historical Railroad Society, Inc.

A 503(c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation

1005 Railroad Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050
(408) 243-3969
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