Santa Susana Depot Museum and Model Railroad, Simi Valley

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
Santa Susana Depot is a train station building located near the Santa Susana Pass in Simi Valley, California. Originally located on Los Angeles Avenue at Tapo Street, the depot opened in 1903. The Santa Susana Tunnel opened the next year, reducing the distance and transit time between Montalvo and Burbank on the Coast Route linking Los Angeles and San Francisco. Plans and construction for the building were based on Southern Pacific Railroad standard design Two Story Combination Depot No. 22. The depot served the community of Rancho Simi as a passenger station, telegraph office, and freight depot where farmers could deliver crops for shipping and pick up farming equipment delivered by the railroad.
Due to lessening passenger traffic and changes in the shipment of freight, Southern Pacific closed the station in the early 1970s, leaving Santa Susana Depot empty and destined for demolition. The County of Ventura purchased the depot from the railroad for $1.06. In May 1975 the building was divided into three parts and moved by truck to county property two miles east of the site it was built on. The County of Ventura designated the building Landmark #29 in January, 1976.
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  • Well worth it. Kurt is very knowledgeable - just have time to have everything explained! Fun. Also lots on Corriganville which is another amazing place.  more »
  • This place is very quaint. It is lots of fun to visit for adults who like scaled trains. They have wonderful track layouts. Thay also have volenteers who a ver knowledgable. About the trains and are.....  more »
  • Great place for kids. Extraordinary train layout. Simi Valley historic museum. Go Saturday and Sunday only. Free, can donate $ suggest you do. Fun place, next to the Amtrak railway line, if you time it right you will see trains going by. FUN PLACE TO SEE ALL KINDS OF INTERESTING THINGS TO SEE!
  • Awesome place to visit with family. The station is preserved in great condition. Volunteers are helpful and knowledgeable. One thing to note is that the museum is open only Saturdays and Sundays 1 pm to 4 pm.

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