Help Us Make History Come to Life!

The Goleta Depot was built in 1901, rescued from neglect and moved to its current location as the result of a huge grassroots effort in the late 1970’s.  Today, the Goleta Depot is the gem of the South Coast Railroad Museum’s collection.  Sites with historic value like this are rare in the U.S., and so are opportunities for children to experience history, versus just reading about it.  The Museum’s goal is to keep […]

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Volunteer at the Museum!

The South Coast Railroad Museum at the historic Goleta Depot needs volunteers! If you are interested in learning how to run our miniature train ride, work as a museum docent, help maintain our track and train, work in our gift store, or just help out in general, please get in touch! This is a super-fun place to be, most everyone who visits us is in a great mood and excited to learn […]

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Red White & Rails – a wine tasting adventure aboard a vintage railcar!

Join the South Coast Railroad Museum for a wine tasting trip on the vintage railcar Acoma! Ride from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo and back enjoying a wine tasting from Grassini Family Vineyards, paired with chocolate from the Chocolate Gallery! Trip includes guided historical interpretation as well as live music. If you are interested in booking, we encourage you to book as soon as possible – seats aboard this Vintage Rail […]

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About Us

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 […]

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