RECURRING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES:
Free Miniature-Train Rides
Free Handcar Rides
Continuing Lecture Series
Free Railroad Films
The Gandy Dancer Theater is closed while we refurnish Goleta Depot's freighthouse area. Until the Gandy Dancer Theater reopens, visitors may view films and film clips anytime on the "Information Station" resource in the Visitor Center.
Films in the Gandy Dancer Theater
Trains & Teddy Bears"
"Toy Trains and Teddy
Bears! What better symbols are there of the Holidays, Past and Present.
In that spirit, these cherished keepsakes are shared anew this Joyous
Season - as their gift to you - by members of our Museum Family,
young and old."
So reads the label that
introduces the museum's annual holiday exhibition, which opens Friday, November 27, 2015 and continues through the month of December in the Waiting Room
at Goleta Depot. The display features toy locomotives and cars and
a menagerie of stuffed animals - some rare, all precious - borrowed
from the homes of Junior Engineers Club members, museum volunteers,
members, trustees, and staff, as well as from the museum's own collections.
Goleta Rail Race
Saturday, May 21, 2016. Unlimited free miniature-train
and handcar rides will be given on this May Saturday, as the museum
celebrates the 35th anniversary of its spring fundraiser. A "Great Goleta Rail Race" theme has been used for 20 years. The event is made possible by contributions from hundreds
of museum members, friends, and supporters.
Reminiscent of the tale
of John Henry, the Great Goleta Rail Race offers its own version
of the epic struggle between human and machine, as the people-powered
museum handcar is pitted against the Goleta Short Line miniature-train
in a competition to determine which can complete the greatest number
of passenger-miles over a three-hour period. From 1 until 4 p.m.
on race day, both the handcar and train will operate continuously,
giving free rides to all visitors. Race officials will keep careful
record of the total passengers carried and the distance completed
by each conveyance. The Great Race winner will be determined based
on these totals, adjusted using a handicap based on the previous
Museum members, as well
as the general public, are invited to attend, to observe the action
and cheer on the participants, as well as to actively join in as
rider-participants, themselves. At the event, you, your family members,
and friends may throw your support behind either the handcar or
train, simply by riding that vehicle once or as often as you like;
or, you may use the opportunity to enjoy the free rides on both
the train and handcar. All riders will receive a certificate acknowledging
their Great Race participation. The museum's normal, slow operating
speeds will be maintained throughout the event. Train riders must
be at least 34 inches tall; the handcar ride has a 48-inch height
Saturday!" is an annual event held at the museum before the Super Bowl football game. The next event will be Saturday, February 6, 2016. Hours: 1-4 p.m. The event
marks the first weekend day of unlimited free miniature-train rides during
the year. It is open to the general public.
Sponsors for the 2015 Super Saturday event:
* Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime
* Michael J. Gartzke, CPA
* Bruce and Andrea Morden
* In Memory of Peter Tiersma
* Thea Cremers
* Noel and Peggy Langle
* Marc Bradley & Lori Roper
* Ralph and Vicki Kornahrens
Buy your Candy Cane Tickets online and receive an extra train-ride free (save $1.50 with each ticket purchased!)
The 23rd annual "Candy
Cane Train," the railroad museum's popular year-end family event,
begins Friday, November 27, 2015, continuing through Dec 27. The event runs daily, except for Nov. 30, Dec 1-2, 7-9, 14-16 & 25, when the museum is closed.
Event hours are 1
to 4 p.m. on Nov 27 and weekends; 2 to 4 p.m. all other weekdays.
Last train departs at 3:45 each day!
Candy Cane Train tickets
are $4 (adult or child), which includes a ride on the festively-decorated
miniature train, an assortment of holiday treats and favors, and
a coupon good for a future museum train ride. Extra rides on the
Candy Cane Train will be available for $1.50 each. Museum members
receive their customary 25¢ discount on all tickets purchased. Tickets
will be sold at the museum during event hours or in advance through the online store.
For the safety of our guests, all train riders must meet the 34-inch minimum-height requirement.
Those attending the Candy
Cane Train event also will be able to enjoy the museum's holiday
display, Toy Trains and Teddy Bears!, also opening on Nov. 27.
Each year the museum
schedules a number of days during which unlimited free rides are offered
to all of our visitors on the "Goleta Short Line" miniature-train.
On these free days, trains normally run two or more times an hour, starting
15 minutes after the museum opens, with the last train of the day dispatched at 3:45 p.m. These free-ride days include:
- Train rides are free every Friday in 2016 until Thanksgiving. Sponsored
by Fairview Car Wash.
Free Rides For
Moms *** Free Rides For Dads
As a token of our esteem, the museum gives free miniature-train rides for moms every Mother's Day (Sunday, May 8, 2016) , while free rides for dads are included as part of “Rotary Day” (see next paragraph) on Father's Day.
- Free miniature-train and handcar rides on Father's Day (Sunday, June 19, 2016) are sponsored
annually by the Goleta Noontime Rotary Club.
Handcar rides are free on the third Saturday of every month.
“Introduction To The Coast Starlight Trails & Rails Program”
Presented by: Museum Director Dr. Gary Coombs & members of the museum's Coast Starlight guide team.
Two Dates & Locations:
1. Date/Time: Wed., March 9, 2016; 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Place: Visitor's Center, South Coast Railroad Museum,
300 North Los Carneros Rd., Goleta, CA 93117
2. Date/Time: Thurs., Feb. 25, 2016; 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Place: Willow Glen Branch Library, 1157 Minnesota Ave,
San Jose, CA 95112
Learn about the South Coast Railroad Museum's volunteer guide program aboard Amtrak's Coast Starlight trains, which is conducted in partnership with the National Park Service's “Trails & Rails” program, Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail, and Amtrak.
Find out what it's like to be a member of the team of dedicated museum volunteers who ride the Coast Starlight, sharing with passengers information about local history, points-of-interest along the route, things to do, and the natural history of the area.
This presentation is designed especially for persons who are interested in becoming Coast Starlight guides for the 2016 travel season (mid-April thru Sept.).
The public is cordially invited to
attend this presentation. There is no admission charge.
Lecture Series programs will be announced here.
Most Continuing Lecture
Series programs are held at the Goleta Public Library, 500 North Fairview
Ave., Goleta, beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the
public. Refreshments are usually served following the program.
Saturday, March 26, 2016. One of the museum most eagerly-awaited family events, the
Easter Bunny Express is held each year the day before Easter Sunday. Hours are 11 a.m. to
Those holding the event's
egg-shaped tickets may participate in a variety of activities, including
scheduled stops at Wabbit-Twacks Station (to board the museum's
miniature train for a 1/3-mile ride around the grounds); Easter-Bunnyville (to
meet the Easter Bunny and select an egg surprise); Jack-Rabbit Junction
(to enter a drawing for some marvelous gifts); and What's Up Dock
(to collect another event souvenir).
Tickets ($4 for adults
and children) will be available at the museum during the event until
3:30 p.m.; or they may be purchased in advance during museum hours
(Fri.-Sun., 1-4 p.m.).
tickets now through the museum's online store and receive 25 cents off each ticket purchased — and avoid the admissions line on event day!
Hop aboard the Easter
Bunny Express. It's sure to be another hare-raising
eggs-perience for the whole family! If it rains, the
event will be moved to the following Saturday.
Sunday, August 21, 2016. Depot
Day is held annually on the last Sunday in September. Hours are 11 a.m. to
Depot Day is held each
fall to commemorate and celebrate the preservation of Goleta Depot.
Depot Day, which is made possible by members and friends, is also
the museum's main annual community fundraiser.
MORE about Depot Day.
Steaming Summer grew to become “Goleta Railroad Days” in 2009. The 2014 event will be held over the weekend of August 9-10.
Visit the Goleta Railroad Days website
Hours will be 11 am
to 4 pm each day.
Stories on past events
can be found in the "In The News"
pages. Or, conduct a search for "Steaming Summer" (with quotes), using the search tool on the menu above.
Watch a video of the 2005 Steaming Summer event.