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!


In Memoriam
Jim Mendrala

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The viewing/rosary will be Thursday, June 7th from 5-9pm at Guerra Gutierrez J.T. Oswald Mortuary 1001 North Maclay Ave., San Fernando, CA 91340

The funeral will be Monday, June 11th at 11am at St. Ferdinand Church 1109 Coronel St., San Fernando, CA 91340

Following the funeral will be the burial services at San Fernando Mission Cemetery 11160 Stranwood Ave., Mission Hills, CA 91345

There will also be a reception/celebration of life to follow after the cemetery- Details to be announced


New Acquisition!


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.


Click here for Volunteer Guidelines


Here are some photos from the Holiday Dinner in December.


Join the Group for Breakfast each Saturday at 8:30 AM at the IHOP at 718 W Ventura St, Fillmore. Contact Ron Lewis or any board member for additional details.


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!

Since the L.A. port strike is over, it looks like Union Pacific will utilize our 95’ turntable again to turn another windmill train. It’s good to be needed!





(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 2/19/2018