The South Coast Railroad Museum at the Historic Goleta Depot

Dedicated to the history of railroading

We are open Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00-4:00pm

(Last Train Tickets Sold at 3:30)

Our visitor center has some new surprises! Come see what we have in store for all the train lovers in your life.

visitors operating the handcar

Handcar rides at Depot Day!

The South Coast Railroad Museum in Goleta, California, focuses on the history, technology, and adventure of railroading. Special emphasis is placed on the railroad’s contributions to local history, on the Southern Pacific Railroad, and on the key historical role of the railroad depot in rural community life across America.
The museum centerpiece is Goleta Depot, a country railroad station house built by the Southern Pacific in 1901 during completion of the Coast Route joining San Francisco and Los Angeles. Goleta Depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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The Goleta Depot always needs volunteers! If you are interested in learning how to run our miniature train ride, be a museum docent, help out in our gift store, or maintain our miniature railroad, please get in touch!

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