South Bay Historical Railroad Society

Preserving the South Bay Railroad Heritage Since 1985.

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Welcome to SBHRS!

Next Big Event - Spring Open House

Fun for the whole family


Spring Open House & Model Train Display

Saturday and Sunday, April 11th & 12th, 2015

  • Hours: 10:00 am until 5:00 pm on Saturday; 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on Sunday
  • Admission: $5 all persons 18 and over
  • Two museum-quality model railroad displays, running multiple model trains (HO- and N-scale).
  • Enjoy our railroad artifacts.
  • The historic tower is a great place to spot a real train wiz by.
  • Come view the Railcar and imagine 1st class travel back in the day.
  • Check out our used items for sale, at the Company Store.
  • Come on by and talk railroading with fellow railfans and SBHRS members.
  • Come see one of the best railroad libraries in Northern California.
  • Live Blue Grass music on Sat. from 12:00 - 3:00 pm.
  • All day lunch Counter


Who We Are

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



South Bay Historical Railroad Society, Inc.

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

Map to the Santa Clara Depot

Hours and Admission

We are open to the public Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission is free.



The SBHRS is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation (#77-0071257), incorporated under the laws of the State of California, whose goals are the renovation and preservation of the Santa Clara Depot and Tower complex along with the establishment and operation of a railroad museum and library. The SBHRS is always looking for individuals or groups wishing to donate or loan railroad artifacts and memorabilia to the museum. All donations, monetary and material, are tax deductible. Recognition is given to donors and lenders for all items.


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Featured Links:
Meeting Facilities at the historic Santa Clara Depot
Host your next Business, Educational or Social Meeting at the South Bay’s most unique meeting place.
The Train Shop
1829 Pruneridge Ave.
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Phone: 408-296-1050
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