The South Bay Historical Railroad Society is open to the public:

Tuesdays 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm

We look forward to seeing you soon!

StoryTime at SBHRS

A program for our young train enthusiast

For more information Click Here

About Us

The South Bay Historical Railroad Society offers something for old and young alike. Stop by and see a little bit of California history.

1005 Railroad Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Telephone: (408) 243-3969

Map to the Santa Clara Depot

Hours and Admission:
We are open to the public Tuesday evenings from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is free.

Our Television Debut:

Early in February 2023, we spent the afternoon with the crew of NBC's California Live.   Here is the result of an afternoon of fun.

CLICK HERE to see the show.

Santa Clara Depot

The South Bay Historical Railroad Society (SBHRS) was incorporated in 1985 to preserve the local area railroad heritage while running a working museum to benefit the community. Our members are volunteers and work on the renovation and preservation of the Santa Clara Railroad Depot, the Santa Clara Tower and the two maintenance-of-way buildings.

A large and varied collection of historic railroad artifacts are on display in the Edward Peterman Museum of Railroad History located in the Depot. This now includes the Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation business car #184 which was loaned to us and placed on our siding on June 26, 2009.

Within the Depot are two operational HO and N scale model railroad layout displays depicting various railroad eras and operations venues. Constant work by our members on these layouts provide an ever changing panorama, giving our visitors and members a better understanding of the different aspects of model railroading.

The Society is located in the historic Santa Clara (Caltrain) Depot in Santa Clara, California built in 1863.

Upcoming events

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BART is coming to Santa Clara

Phase II of the VTA/BART expansion project is off and running.  Phase II is the portion running from the new Berryessa Station, by the San Jose Flea Market, going through downtown San Jose, underground, and ending up in Santa Clara by the CalTrain Depot.

As SBHRS is a member of the VTA/BART Community Working Group, CWG, we will be posting links and information on what’s happening.

What is BART for Silicon Valley

VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Phase II 

Santa Clara Station Fact Sheet

Other Stations:

Diridon Station Fact Sheet

Downtown San Jose Station Fact Sheet

28th St / Little Portugal Station Fact Sheet

For Continuing and Update Information:

See the South Bay Historic Railway Society Featured on California Live

South Bay Historical Railroad Society, Inc.

A 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation

1005 Railroad Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050
(408) 243-3969

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