Depot Day and Railroad Day

It’s an annual event at the Historic Goleta Depot: Goleta Depot Day and Railroad Day

August 26 & 27, 2017 10:30am – 4:30pm

Admission $2.00 or $3.00 for unlimited train rides

2017-08-10_1115Miniature-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: both trains, and handcar.

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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.

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.

The Sunday highlight is the 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, a wide assortment of regional wines, Amtrak travel, goods, services, collectibles, and gifts for all ages.

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

“Unclaimed Freight and 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. Unclaimed freight and baggage will be available both days

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.

2017-08-10_1205The 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.