Aug. 20-21, 2016
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JAMIE FOSTER'S WONDERFUL PHOTO PAGE
FROM THE 2011 EVENT!

Join us for two days of fun.

Admission, $2; Unlimited Rides, Add $3
(Children under 34 inches admitted free.)

 

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ALMOST LIKE BEING THERE! VISIT IMAGE GALLERIES FROM PAST EVENTS


Circus Cars

Miniature-Train Rides

Museum engines 1316 and 2655 will offer rides on the 1/6-mile “Westside Figure-8” track and the Centennial Loop throughout the weekend.

The Railroad Days Unlimited Ride Pass is good for all rides — train, handcar and speeder. Only $5 (price includes admission).


Handcar Ride

Handcar Rides

You'll need to use those arm muscles to help propel the museum handcar on this unique experience that reminds us of the early history of American railroading.

handcar ride

Handcars were developed during the 19th century. They were used primarily to transport railroad workers and equipment.

For safety, all handcar riders must meet the 48-inch minimum-height requirement. The ride is not suitable for persons who have problems maintaining their balance.


speeder ride

Inspection-Car (“Speeder”) Rides

Bob Mahan will be on hand to give rides on his Fairmont inspection car.

Mahan's speeder formerly served on the Ventura Railway. Powered cars like this one replaced the railroad handcar.

Speeder rides are included with the day-long unlimited-ride pass. The pass is available during the event.

 


auction

Silent Auction

The Sunday highlight is the 34th Annual Depot Day Silent Auction.

The auction will feature a long list of valuable items donated by businesses, organizations and other museum friends from throughout the local area and Southern California, including dinners and brunches at fine restaurants, tickets to regional performing-arts productions, admissions to Disneyland, a wide assortment of regional wines, Amtrak travel, goods, services, collectibles, and gifts for all ages.


Toy & Model Trains

You'll find operating model trains, as well as static displays, throughout the museum and grounds. All popular gauges will be represented.

Two of the area's larger modeling groups will be participating this year: the South Coast Society of Model Engineers and the Gold Coast Garden Railway Society.

Be sure to drop by the Museum Visitor Center to see the large-scale train display, with three operating trains (see video at right).


Visitors Can Take Part, Too!

Switching Puzzle Try your hand at the “Switching Puzzle” (left) which challenges young and old alike to move the train successfully from one spot in the rail yard to another. Can you solve the puzzle?
The Children's Interactive Area will feature wooden toy-train table (left) ... where everyone can play.

“Unclaimed Freight & Baggage Sale”

Pick up some great bargains at this unique sale of new and used model-railroad supplies, railroad-theme videos and magazines, toys, books, and many other items. All proceeds benefit the railroad museum.

Goleta Depot Open House

Take a tour of the landmark building, which is listed on the National Register Of Historic Places and the California Register of historical and cultural resources.

The historic Freight Office and Waiting Room will be open for viewing throughout the event. Sunday only will be your once-a-year chance to visit the upstairs apartment, where Goleta Depot's agents and their families lived.


Displays, Booths, Activities By These Participating Organizations:

National Railroad Passenger Corp. (Amtrak)
Union Pacific Railroad
Woman's Service Club of Goleta
South Coast Society of Model Engineers
Gold Coast Garden Railway Society

Goleta Railroad Days began as "Steaming Summer" back in 1988.

This 2005 video captures much of the flavor of that earlier event.

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES (as of 7/29/2016)

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Saturday, August 20
11 a.m.
Train Rides Diesel-Train Rides on Centennial Loop (1/3-mile) & Westside Figure-8 (1/6 mile). Rides continue until 4 p.m.
Speeder Rides On standard-gauge track in front of depot. Speeder and handcar rides alternate approx. every 30 minutes. (until 4 p.m.)
11:30 a.m.
Handcar Rides
On standard-gauge track in front of depot. Speeder and handcar rides alternate approx. every 30 minutes. (until 4 p.m.)
Depot Day — Sunday, August 21
11 a.m.
Train Rides Diesel-Train Rides on Centennial Loop (1/3-mile) & Westside Figure-8 (1/6 mile). Rides continue until 4 p.m.
Speeder Rides On standard-gauge track in front of depot. Speeder and handcar rides alternate approx. every 30 minutes. (until 4 p.m.)
11:30 a.m.
Handcar Rides
On standard-gauge track in front of depot. Speeder and handcar rides alternate approx. every 30 minutes. (until 4 p.m.)
VARIOUS Silent Auction Auction Tables will close as follows: Table A,-12:30; Table B-1:15;
Table C-2:00; Table D-2:45; Table E-3:30.
12:30 Open House Visit the historic Goleta Depot's upstairs apartment, where the agent and family lived. (until 4 p.m.)

 


LIST OF OPERATING EQUIPMENT
(scheduled as of 7/29/2016)

Inspection Car

Built by Fairmont, this inspection car or “speeder” was originally used on the Ventura Railway. The car is now owned by Robert Mahan of Oxnard. Mr. Mahan will be operating the car during the Railroad Days event.

No. 1316, Diesel

Manufactured by Morris Industries, Charlotte, Michigan, No. 1316 is a scaled-reproduction of a 248,300-lb. Southern Pacific diesel locomotive. In 1941, the “S.P.” purchased ten of these 1,000-horsepower­engines from General Motors, all built at GM's Electro-Motive Division plant in La Grange, Illinois. Assigned numbers 1310 through 1319, these were among the first diesel engines used by Southern Pacific. The original No. 1316 was assigned to the Taylor Yards in Los Angeles.

No. 2655, Diesel

This Morris Industries 1/8-size operating model is patterned after a modern-day Southern Pacific diesel switch-engine built by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors.

Handcar

Built in 1989 by South Coast Railroad Museum volunteers, this car was modeled after the demonstration handcars used at the California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento. A handcar is powered by its passengers, who pump a lever that turns a set of gears connected to the car's wheels. The railroad handcar was developed during the second half of the 19th century for use in transporting workers and equipment along the rail lines.


OTHER OPERATING LIVE-STEAM EQUIPMENT:

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