South Coast Railroad Museum is located in Goleta California a few miles north of Santa Barbara. The 1901 Southern Pacific Railroad Depot was originally located about two miles west of its present location.
Boarded-up and closed in 1973 the Goleta Valley Historical Society took up the task of saving this historic train depot. In late1981, enough funds had been raised to move the building two miles to East Lake Los Carneros County Park.
A miniature train and handcar rides are the South Coast Railroad Museum’s most popular visitor attractions. The Goleta Short Line miniature train ride operates year-round on weekends.
Free handcar rides are offered on the third Saturday of the every month, 1-3:50 p.m. The handcar also operates during most museum special events.
There is also an HO scale exhibit that based on Santa Barbara and Goleta, California. On Jan. 18, 2002, Goleta Depot was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
During the year South Coast Railroad Museum holds one-day round trip excursions from Santa Barbara aboard the vintage railroad cars, All trips begin in Santa Barbara or Goleta and travel to San Luis Obispo, with the same-day return service.
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Enjoy spectacular views from the comfort of one of the West Coast’s premiere privately-owned rail cars as your train travels along the Pacific shoreline. Points of interest along the route include the Santa Barbara Channel Islands, Point Conception, Vandenberg AFB, the wine country of southern San Luis Obispo County, and much more. Space is limited on these trips limited to a maximum of 36 passengers.
South Coast Railroad Museum is located about two miles from the Santa Barbara Airport and about one mile from the Goleta train station, which is served by all of Amtrak’s San Diegan trains traveling north of Los Angeles.
The Goleta Train Depo is listed on the California Register of Historical Resources and is a Santa Barbara County Historical Landmark (No. 22). Admission to railroad museum is free.
From downtown Santa Barbara, drive seven miles north on U.S. 101 to the Los Carneros Road exit. Turn right (toward the mountains) and go about 0.2 miles. South Coast Railroad Museum is open Friday thru Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.