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Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

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Address: 750 Depot St, Campo, CA 91906-3180
Phone Number: +1 619-478-9937
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12:00 - 19:00
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Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Sat 12:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description:

This museum runs a vintage train from Campo to the Mexican border. The...

This museum runs a vintage train from Campo to the Mexican border. The experience offers open vistas, secluded valleys and spectacular views.

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Fun on the Pumpkin Express

The Southwest Railway Museum is located about an hour east of Chula Vista. There is plenty of free parking available at the museum. We had pre-purchased tickets for the Pumpkin... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 October 2016
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Chula Vista, California
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Chula Vista, California
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155 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

The Southwest Railway Museum is located about an hour east of Chula Vista. There is plenty of free parking available at the museum. We had pre-purchased tickets for the Pumpkin Express which runs on weekends during October. Tickets were $18 for adults and $5 for our 2 year old child. We arrived a little early before the train departed and... More 

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Chattanooga
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

A fun ride out of San Diego brought us to this desert destination. The man at the ticket counter was very friendly and we purchased our tickets. The train was a diesel locomotive with a caboose. Our ride was quite a bit shorter than we thought it was as they only ran the train a few hundred yards down the... More 

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Weilerbach, Germany
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228 reviews
134 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

Way out in the boonies... maybe an hour or so from San Diego... you aren't likely to stumble over this place... but it is SO worth a visit. Volunteer run... they just keep acquiring more rail items, repairing cars and engines and sharing their enthusiasm. Take a ride... it will be a fun get away...

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Encinitas, California
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

In the past month, I have been out to this museum twice. It is definitely worth going out of your way to see, as it is out in the San Diego County back country town of Campo. Price to ride the train was $18, which included admission to the museum. There are kid and senior discounts. The first time I... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

As a honest and self confessed Train Nut, I will admit that this may sound bias, however, all my reviews are based on what I actually experienced. This is out of the way museum should not be missed. Yes, it is off the beaten path, however, this adds to the overall train experience. It is a 6 mile trip to... More 

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Leduc, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016 via mobile

well worth the $5 ticket to view. Friendly and knowledgeable staff...which we understand are all volunteers. Easy to see they have a passion for this project. We drove here on our motorcycles, a great ride with lovely scenery along the way. We did not have time to stay for the 2:30 train ride (we missed the 11 a.m. one) so... More 

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Fallbrook, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2016

We went out to this museum on January 23rd, 2016. This was not peak tourism season for them, so we got the train ride almost to ourselves. The volunteers were all very nice and knowledgeable about the different trains, and the mounted placards gave more information as well. This place is a good ways out of downtown San Diego (about... More 

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Page, Arizona
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2015

Took our 3 year old Grandson on the Bunny Train, the ride is beautiful with open air windows, the Bunny came along and passed out treats along the way. Only downside, the hour long ride was a bit to long for smaller children (wish they had some kind of entertainment/singing, more Bunny action) But worth the price. The Easter Egg... More 

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Hackensack, New Jersey
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107 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2014

Anyone interested in the history of the SD&AE Railroad should definitely make the trip. The people here are very dedicated and it shows in their restorations. Nothing short of excellent work.

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Weilerbach, Germany
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134 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2014

Way out of the way ... not a place you will stumble over ... run entirely by volunteers, the Southwestern Railway Museum is a fun way to spend an afternoon if the trains are running. Lots of trains are on display in the train barns that you can wander through and read billboards about ... but the big draw is... More 

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