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  Updated: July 14, 2011 
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This page lists and describes various railroad-related museums and clubs in the San Francisco Bay area. Be aware that several local railroad-related entities have similar sounding names, e.g., the Golden Gate Railroad Museum and the Golden State Model Railroad Museum are easy to confuse.

Golden State Model Railroad Museum
This is our museum, located in Point Richmond, California, in what is known as the East Bay, i.e. the eastern side of San Francisco Bay. We have three very large model railroad layouts (N, HO, O scale) and were featured on the October 1999 cover of Model Railroader magazine.
Golden Gate Live Steamers
Located in Tilden Park in the hills above Berkeley, California, the GGLS operates a track system of four gauges: 2 1/2, 3 1/2, 4 3/4 and 7 1/2 inches. The tracks can accomodate rolling stock built in various scales. Locomotives are often hand-built and run on coal, diesel oil, propane or other fuels. They run every Sunday of the year, weather permitting.
Golden Gate Model Railroad Club
The Golden Gate Model Railroad club is located in the Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, California. It contains an HO scale model railroad layout. Please check with them as to their current hours of operation.
Golden Gate Railroad Museum
Please check their website for the latest information.
California State Railroad Museum
The California State Railroad Museum is a fabulous museum covering all aspects of railroading but particularly how railroads have figured in the history of California. They have tons (literally!) of restored prototype equipment including Number 4294, a "Cab-Forward" which has to be seen to be believed. The museum does not have any operating model railroads, though they do have some dioramas. This museum is located in Sacramento, California which is approximately an hour and a half due east of San Francisco. Open daily, 10-5pm.
Redwood Valley Railway
A 15" Gauge 5/12 Scale Narrow Gauge Passenger Railway (trains are 5/12 the size of a full-size locomotive) that operates in Tilden Regional Park above Berkeley, California. You can ride on the trains. Check the website for additional information.
Western Railway Museum
The Western Railway Museum is the most visited museum in Solano County. They have restored over five miles of the historic Sacramento Northern high-speed inter-urban electric railroad and operate historic equipment Saturdays and Sundays year round and Wed. thru Sun. from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The WRM archive has extensive technical information and many engineering drawings and thousands of historic photos which would be of interest and use to modelers.

 

 
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