Depot Day! November 6, 2021, 3:00-6:00 pm

Join us as we kick off our 40th anniversary, celebrating the Goleta Depot’s move from Kellogg field to its current location on Los Carneros Road. The Goleta Depot has become a treasured jewel of Goleta history and we want to honor its special place in our community’s heart by throwing a party! This fun event will have food, wine, beer, live music, and MORE included in one $40 ticket price! Help us reach […]

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Holiday at the Depot “Lite”

December 11th, 2021 11:00AM-4:00PM Come out and celebrate the festive holiday season with Holiday at The Depot! Ride the train! Wave to Santa! Take home a special holiday treat! $2.50/train passenger See you at the Depot!

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Spooky Train & Haunted Depot “Lite”

October 30th & 31st, 2021 12:00-4:00PM We are excited to host another “lite” version of our Spooky Train & Haunted Depot this year. We will welcome guests at The Depot for some candy, music, and train rides! Costumes are not required but they are definitely encouraged! $2.50 per passenger train rides! Free candy and popcorn! Come on out and ride the train!

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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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