South Bay Historical Railroad Society

Preserving the South Bay Railroad Heritage Since 1985.

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Welcome to SBHRS!

Caltrain Holiday Train


Caltrain Holiday Train

Collecting toys for Toys for Tots & Salvation Army

Saturday, Dec. 6th

Train Arrives at Santa Clara Station at 8:00 pm

The Museum Depot is open to the public from 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Refreshments will be available at the Refreshment Counter inside the Depot

During the train’s 20-minute station stops, you can join in singing with on-board carolers and a Salvation Army brass band. Santa, Mrs. Claus and their extended family including Frosty the Snowman and the Toy Solider will get off the train to greet kids and pose for pictures. Prior to the arrival of the train, families can enjoy live entertainment at each of the Holiday Train station stops. You are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for a child in need and put it in the toy donation barrels at the stations. The toys are distributed to needy kids by The Salvation Army and Toys for Tots.



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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