Behind the Scenes
This weekend guests can go “Behind the Scenes” at the Orange Empire Railway Museum and see where volunteers operate, maintain, and restore the West’s largest collection of vintage rail cars.
At this annual all-day event, visitors get special access and tours of locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban electric cars and artifacts dating back to 1870.
Activities at Behind the Scenes feature tours and special equipment operations. Guests can visit Ruffulo Carhouse 7, a restoration shed filled with trains and trolleys that is not usually open to the public, and get special access to the pit where you can go underneath a street car and see how it works. For an additional fee, guests can get behind the throttle (under supervision) and run a real locomotive.
This gated event supports museum operations and the continued restoration of historic rail cars and rail line.