By Deb Flomberg
Do you have a budding train engineer in your family or a child that watches more Thomas the Tank than he does Spongebob? Then you simply must take him to the Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum for a tour and a ton of train fun.
The museum was founded in 1956 and it is an excellent spot for railroad history, train enthusiasts and more. Every Sunday you can enjoy the model trains and go for a ride on a seven and a half inch gauge model, or enjoy some of the smaller model trains, as they run through the impressive model train displays. The ride is a ton of fun for train fans, as it winds through bridges and tunnels, plus you’ll see three miniature towns complete with water towers, train stations, control towers and more.
If historic displays are more your speed, then check out some of the beautiful cars on display at the museum. You can find a 1929 Santa Fe Steel Caboose that is actually used as the caretaker’s residence, and a Southern Pacific Steel Caboose from 1949 that is the Museum’s office and library. There is also a Union Pacific Baggage Dorm Car from 1941 and a Union Pacific Sleeper Car from 1956 both used as various meeting spaces today. Plus, be sure to check out The Disney Barn, the actual bard that was in Walt Disney’s backyard, where Disney himself ran the switches for his home railroad.
A trip to the Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum is the perfect family outing for anyone that has a train-lover in their life. From riding the larger model train to perusing the huge collection of actual train cars, you’ll have a great time learning all about the locomotive history of California. Just be sure to take the S600 Sedan from Mercedes-Benz of Encino for your ride down there. You’ll have plenty of room for the whole family, plus you’ll arrive in style and comfort, ready to spend the day walking around browsing the exhibits.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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