Welcome to the
Santa Clara River Valley Railroad Historical Society

The Santa Clara River Valley Railroad Historical Society is a 501(c)3 Organization
Your Donations are Tax-Deductable!


After 2 years without a MEMBERSHIP meeting we are having one next week on Wednesday, April 13 at 7 PM in Fillmore at the visitor center. Come out and share an evening with us if you are able.

Refreshments, a Video, and Talk about what we have been up to since we all met last. We are planning on another cleaning party this Saturday, April 9, still a lot of dust to remove.

Come on out and update us on what you have been doing for the last 2 years.

John Gartman
President, SCRVRHS.

News Flash!

Visitor Center to reopen.

The Visitor Center will be open on April 19th at 10:00 AM!

All members and guests are welcome to stop by. We will be doing a little cleaning and organizing, start an old project or two, maybe run a Lionel train!

The Society's Board has continued to work hard during these difficult times, meeting virtually on the first Wednesday of each month, and is anxious to get things back to "normal". If you're available, please stop by and help us accomplish that!

We hope to see you there!

Fillmore & Western Railway

We bid you a fond farewell, and a hearty and sincere Thank You for the many years you've helped to preserve this rail corridor and it's history, the support you've given to our Society, and especially for the immeasurable joy you've brought to your so very many passengers and fans.

Here's to clear tracks ahead, and green signals all the way!

Fireworks Sales

Thank you to our customers and all that made this critical fund raising event so successful this year!

Current Restoration Project

The Santa Clara River Valley Railroad Historical Society has recently acquired a 25 ton GE diesel industrial switch engine. It was located at an oil refinery in the Martinez, CA area, where it had been resting on blocks, out of service, for many years. The builder’s plate indicates it was built in 1941. The prime mover is a 150 HP Cummins diesel, and it is equipped with air brakes. Beyond these few facts, little is known about ownership history, service life, or maintenance and repair records.

Our goal is to return this locomotive to service condition for operation at special SCRVRHS educational events, and operating demonstrations.

We need your help, and we are actively recruiting volunteers for restoration work days. All volunteers must be current SCRVRHS members, and so, we enthusiastically invite you to become a member of the Santa Clara River Valley Railroad Historical Society, and join the fun as we restore and return this artifact of history to active duty.

For more information regarding the restoration progress please click HERE

SCRVRHS Turntable Put To Use!

On Saturday, June 16th, the SCRVRHS turntable got a revenue job!
Turning flat cars for the Union Pacific’s ‘Propeller train’. These 93’ long cars haul propellers used in electric generating wind machines like the ones you see in the pass near Palm Springs. President Ron Lewis got the call from the Fillmore & Western and in a short two hours, had the turntable in operation. This could become a regular job and an income generator for SCRVRHS.
Thanks Ron for jumping at the chance and spending an afternoon spinning cars!

(Photos by Ron Lewis)

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Steam now in Fillmore!

In recognition and appreciation of the volunteers who assisted, helped and otherwise supported the restoration of the 1913 Baldwin Steam Locomotive #14, a special commemorative journey occurred on Sunday, January 2nd, 2011.

Number 14 in Fillmore

14 Runby

Video by: Rick Swanson

CLICK HERE for pictures of the first test of the RR turntable

Railroad Turntable Construction Continues

February 7, 2007

A momentous occasion indeed!

Mike Morgan Photo

Ron Lewis (left) & Roy Peyton (right)

Please visit the
Turntable Update Page for some recent photos!

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Last Update 3/2/2022