Street Address
5848 State Highway 12
Suisun City, CA 94585
Mailing Address
5848 State Highway 12
Suisun City, CA 94585
phone: 707-374-2978
web: www.wrm.org
Hours
Saturdays and Sundays year round. Wednesday - sunday in June, July and August. Always 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Museum Type(s)
Staff
John Holt, General Manager
phone: 707-374-2978
Phil Kohlmetz, Executive Director
phone: 707-374-2978 x114

Description

A visit to the Western Railway Museum is a rare opportunity to experience California as it was 100 years ago. Take an electric train trip through the peaceful, picturesque Montezuma Hills over the original historic main line of the Sacramento Northern Railway. As a living history museum, the Western Railway Museum gives visitors the opportunity to ride authentic historic streetcars and interurban electric trains from all over California and the western United States.

History

In 1946, a group of like-minded individuals learned that an old Oakland streetcar that they had chartered for a day's outing was to be scrapped within a week. They immediately dug into their pockets and gathered together enough money to buy the car right there on the spot. In this spirit of philanthropy and historic preservation, the Bay Area Electric Railroad Association was created to foster interest in streetcar, interurban, and mainline electric railroad operations, and to preserve these rapidly vanishing pieces of history.

The Western Railway Museum was created in 1960 to house the Association's collection of electric railroad equipment, and now contains 100 preserved trains, tens of thousands of photographs, maps, and historical records, and 22 miles of the old Sacramento Northern Railway right-of-way.

Artifacts Collections

100 pieces of preserved electric railroad equipment.

Tens of thousands of archived photographs, films, periodicals, corporate records, books, maps, and ephemera.

Research Collections

Tens of thousands of archived photographs, films, periodicals, corporate records, books, maps, and ephemera.

Educational Programs

Permanent and rotating exhibits. School field trip program. Once daily guided tours on weekend. Lectures. educators booklet: "Standards Based Education Resources at Solano County Museums."

    Governance

    Board of Dircetors

    Library

    Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

    Appointment required: No

    Publications

    Members receive "The Review" newsletter, published 4-8 times per year. Major donors receive annual reports.

    • The Review
    • Annual Report

    ADA

    Wheelchair Accessible