• Campo, California: Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

      Leaving downtown San Diego on State Highway 94, development gives way to oak chaparral, yucca, manzanita, small towns and scattered settlements. Highway 94 winds close to the Mexican border to Campo, part of the Mountain Empire section of San Diego County. On weekends you can explore this spectacular area by train. The Campo facility of the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum offers weekend excursions, the 'Golden State' one-hour, 12 mile round trip train ride from Campo to the International Border Tunnel at Division.

      Purchase a ticket for the train ride and your admission to the museum, which includes rolling stock and historical train paraphernalia, is included. To visit museum only is $5 adults, children 6-12 $2.50.

      Check the calendar for special trains, like the North Pole Limited at Christmas or moonlight excursions. A limited number of tickets for a cab ride, a chance to ride in the locomotive cab with the engineer and the crew, are available on some excursions.

      IF YOU GO: Allow an hour and one-half to two hours to drive the 50 miles from downtown San Diego. Take a lunch and water if you plan to take the train. Otherwise there are restaurants along Highway 94, particularly where the divided highway ends. Reservations recommended for cab rides and special trains.

      WHEN TO VISIT: The museum is open 9AM to 5PM every Saturday and Sunday except December 26 & 27 and January 2 & 3. Check the calendar for train rides.

      JURISDICTION: Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association, Inc.,
      INFORMATION : BY Jaimie Bruzenak. Last visit, July 2010
      ADDRESS: State Highway 94 & Forrest Gate Road, Campo, California

      Golden State Excursion train
      at Pacific Southwest Railway Museum
      Photo courtesy of George Bruzenak