History Happy Hour, February 10, 5pm

Grab a glass and join us for this presentation in your living room as we travel the rails of South Santa Barbara County on a fascinating look back in time to the golden age of railroad building. The railroad’s arrival in Santa Barbara in 1887 had a lasting influence on our community. Architectural Historian, Jean-Guy Dube will examine not only the railroad’s depots that were built, but other structures such as passenger […]

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Railroad Days – August 10 & 11, 2019

Enjoy the fun at the historic Goleta Depot: Railroad Days! August 10 & 11, 2019 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Admission $5.00 (children under 34″ are free) Miniature-Train Rides Museum engines 1316 and 2655 will offer rides on the 1/6-mile “Westside Figure-8” track and the Centennial Loop throughout the weekend. Handcar Rides You’ll need to use those arm muscles to help propel the museum handcar on this unique experience that reminds us […]

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Depot Dispatch Newsletter — Summer 2018

Read up on happenings and new attractions at our jewel of a train station and museum. In this issue, learn about: Our latest fun for kids — a toy train table in our Visitor Center. Kids don’t need to be told twice to jump in start working on the railroad. Which famed animal made a surprise visit to our Bunny Express celebration. And what Ben Franklin might have thought about our free […]

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Our Latest Newsletter – the Depot Dispatch, March 2018

It’s back after a year-long hiatus — the much beloved and storied Goleta Depot Dispatch. Starting in 1981 and edited by museum director Gray Coombs, the Dispatch has documented the many momentous occasions in the life of our museum, as it has grown from a newborn baby into the proud but growing community institution that it is today. In the latest issue, learn the news about: Our ambitious plans to create a […]

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Ellwood Station

Ellwood Station commemorates Ellwood Cooper, one of California’s notable pioneers in horticulture, who was instrumental in introducing the eucalyptus tree and in developing olive culture in southern California. He served as president of the State Board of Horticulture from 1885 to 1903. Ellwood Cooper is famous for introducing eucalyptuses to the Santa Barbara area. He grew as many as 150,000 trees in 24 species and wrote and lectured on their utility. Like […]

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Winter ’17 Events at the Goleta Depot!

Depot Dog Days—November 4th, 11th and 18th Join us for a doggone good time for the whole family, two legged and four legged. Take a memorable family picture with your pet on the stationary miniature train—just in time for holiday cards! Each dog will receive a train bandana. Conductor hats and holiday reindeer antlers will also be available for photos. $10 per family. Nov 4 – Small Dogs Nov 11 – Medium […]

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Vista Dome Saturday May 20, 2017

  Thanks to John Caestecker, owner of the Silver Splendor, we are able to offer a unique Vintage Rail Experience on Saturday, May 20. Click here for all the details and to reserve your seat! Thank you for your support of the South Coast Railroad Museum

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The Annual Goleta Bunny Express rolls into Goleta on Saturday, April 15!

Saturday, April 15, 2017 


Tickets $4 for adults and children

Ticket price includes a miniature-train ride, special treats and activities, entry into our raffle and lots more! Springtime fun for the whole family!  

New this year: come meet adoptable bunnies from B.U.N.S (Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter) and make a needy bunny a new part of your family!

Buy tickets now! 

Print your receipt and bring to our Visitor’s Center to redeem tickets.