South Bay Historical Railroad Society

Preserving the South Bay Railroad Heritage Since 1985.

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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.


General Membership Information

Our membership is always open and we are looking for new members wishing to enjoy themselves and participate in our many activities, ranging from historical building renovation to the building and the operating of scale model railroad displays. Experience is not necessary. We have members with all levels and areas of expertise. We learn new skills from each other while doing the work.

For those wishing to join and participate in our organization's activities, the tax-deductible initial membership and monthly donations are currently as follows:

Suggested Membership Donations
TypeInitialMonthlyMin. 1st Donation
Adult $50.00 $25.00 $75.00
Senior $25.00 $20.00 $45.00
Family* Ø Ø Ø

* Spouse and minor children of an Adult or Senior member.

If you are interested in joining our organization, please visit us at the depot during our open hours and fill out an application form.


Meetings and General Activities

  • We are normally open to the public on Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and on Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm, except for Christmas and New Years Day.
  • General membership meetings may be held on the 2nd Tuesday of even numbered months starting at 7:00pm. These informal meetings may consist of railroad slide or video presentations, interactive discussions, how-to clinics, or workshops.
  • Membership business meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of odd numbered months starting at 7:00pm. These meetings are intended for members of the organization and invited guests and are used  to conduct official Society business.
  • Other Tuesday evenings are for operating and working on the HO and N scale model railroad displays, general interactive discussions, train watching, and socializing.
  • Saturdays are devoted to working on various Santa Clara Depot and Tower complex renovation and maintenance projects, weather permitting. After renovation and maintenance projects are completed, we also spend time working and running on the HO and N scale model railroad displays.
  • Members may work on the scale model railroad displays on other days by becoming involved in informal workgroups or special interest groups.

SBHRS Calendar

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