Firsts in San Bernardino

1890 - First Hose Wagon

for the San Bernardino

Fire Department was built

by Allen & Sons (restored

in 1997).

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Saturdays 10 AM - 3 PM

FREE Admission

FREE Parking

FREE Tours

1170 W. Third Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410

Map & Directions

San Bernardino
Historical &
Pioneer Society

P.O. Box 875
San Bernardino, CA 92402


(909) 888-3634 


Depot & Museum Tour

February 04, 2015

Tours will  be conducted

on  the  first Wednesday of

each month at 10:00 am.

Call (909)  888-3634  for

a reservation.  FREE


Group Tours

For a Group Tour on

Saturday or any other 

day call (909) 888-3634.


Virtual Museum Tour

Click here for visual tour

of the museum.


Photo Histories

Click here to view local San

Bernardino and railroad

photographic histories.


Newsletters of the

Western Archives of

the Santa Fe Railway

Click here for Newsletters 

of the Santa Fe Railway

Historical and Modeling

Society (Western Archives).


Norton AFB Museum

Now Open:

Thursday 10:00 to 2:00

Saturday  10:00 to 2:00



Next Meeting at Coco's

The next meeting of the

National Association of

Retired & Veteran Railway

Employees will be held

at Coco's Restaurant.





Upcoming Events:

The Museum is open Saturday from 10:00 to 3:00  (Virtual Museum Tour 

Feb 28, 2015 - Roundhouse Gang Model Railroad Swap Meet

Mar 21, 2015 - Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society (SFRH&MS) Mini Meet

Mar 28, 2015 - Western Prototype Modelers (WPM) Meet

Jul  15, 2015 - SANBAG Tour


January 27, 1993 - A Day to Remember

(Photo courtesy of Craig Walker)
On January 27, 1993, Metrolink 865 (F59PH) arrived in San Bernardino with a test train to determine run times from Los Angeles to this Inland Empire City.  This was the first time that a Metrolink train was in San Bernardino.

Back on Tuesday, October 26, 1992, the first Metrolink trains began simultaneous operation on three lines:  Ventura, Santa Clarita and San Bernardino.  In reality, on that date the San Bernardino line only extended from Los Angeles Union Station to Pomona.

Regular service from San Bernardino to Los Angeles would not begin until May 17, 1993. The schedule included three morning trains, leaving at 5:25, 5:55 and 6:38 for Los Angeles and three trains leaving L. A. for San Bernardino at 4:35, 5:20 and 5:45.

On May 17, 1993, over 5,000 people rode the trains, maybe because the trips were free. However, by August of that year, the Metrolink system was handling 8,000 passengers a day, with San Bernardino ridership averaging over 3,000 a day, by far the busiest of the four Metro lines.

January 1903 - A Day to Remember

                           1903 Bell

The bell is from Santa Fe No. 1137, a 2-6-2 style steam locomotive. 

The engine was built in January 1903 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works and was in active service with Santa Fe until it was scrapped in 1953.

On February 1, 1964, the bell was presented to J. E. Lester, the Assistant General Manager in Topeka, upon his retirement after 45 years of service.

The bell was acquired by the Museum in 2014.



February 28, 2015 - Model Railroad Swap Meet

              Train-Station Swap Meet


*  Saturday, February 28, 2015

*  8:00 am until Noon (Vendor setup 6:30 am to 8:00 am)

*  At the Santa Fe Depot...1170 West Third Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410  

*  Admission: $4.00 donation.  Accompaning spouse and under 18 free.   

*  Contact: Larry (951) 686-7890 or Gary (909) 794-3153 


Western Archives Newsletter for Nov. - Dec. 2014

(Photograph courtesy of the SFRH&MS)                    


*  Seen here in the fall of 1985 is Santa Fe SD-45 #5394 after receiving its new "Kodachrome" paint job in San Bernardino.

*  In 1983, Southern Pacific and Santa Fe (SPSF) agreed to merge, hence many new paint schemes were tested.

*  The merger was ultimately disapproved by the Interstate Commerce Commission in 1987.

*  This issue of the Newsletter contains several photographs of the SPSF paint scheme that were taken in the San Bernardino shops.

*  Also, in the newsletter is an update on the Santa Fe Collection at the California State Railroad Museum that was featured in the previous newsletter.

Click here for the Nov. - Dec. Newsletter.

Click here for the Sep. - Oct. Newsletter.