Lomita Railway Museum is a wonderful little stop perfect for train fans of all ages. While there are not any train rides here there are plenty of things to see and do.
The museum is tucked away in the middle of a residential district a few miles north of Long Beach. Housed in a turn of the century railway depot the little museum is the cornerstone of a community park.
A small but interesting collection of rolling stock is on the property including a Union Pacific caboose, Santa Fe caboose, boxcar, oil tank car, and the pride of the museum a 1902 Baldwin steam locomotive.
Inside the train depot, there is a collection of railway artifacts including conductor hats, railroad lanterns, railroad spikes, clocks, whistles, and photographs.
Most of the museum’s rolling stock is accessible for exploring including the steam engine caboose.
The museum is on the small side so a visit here will take less than an hour. The highlight of this trip will be climbing into the cab of the 1902 Baldwin steam locomotive. Even though the locomotive is operating condition it is easy to imagine speeding down the track with steam hissing and the horn whistling.
Across the street from the museum is a small park with a couple train cars and picnic tables.
Future plans including a new building that will allow the museum to showcase railroad artifacts that are now in storage.
Lomita Railway Museum has a small gift shop with toys, hats, T-shirts and train patches. There is a table setup with a children’s wood train perfect for toddlers.
The museum also hosts special events, school tours, and birthday parties on site.
2137 West 250th Street, Lomita, CA 90717 – Hours: Thursday — Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m Closed on Holidays. Website Phone (310) 326-6255
Lomita Railway Museum Admission
Adults: $4.00 – Ages 13 – 17: $4.00 – Ages 3 – 12: $2.00