Monterey & Salinas Valley Railroad Museum
Welcome to the Monterey & Salinas Valley Railroad Historical Society! Located next to the Salinas Amtrak station, we host an interactive HO scale layout and diorama recreating Monterey County railroads from the mid-1900s! We host an Open House for free to the public the first weekend each month! All Aboard!
>>> Guest Train Operations on the Diorama are now available during Open House Weekends! Click here for more information on Guest Operators.
The Monterey & Salinas Valley Railroad Historical Society is dedicated to creating and maintaining a railroad museum in Salinas with an emphasis on the historic, contemporary and future value of the railroad to the Monterey Bay region. Working with the local community, we provide experiential educational opportunities for children of all ages to enhance their core curriculum and inspire civic involvement. Our landmark achievement is the HO scale diorama we have built as a faithful recreation of Monterey County railroads from the peak of the industry during the 1950s and 1960s. which you can check out on this page. To learn more about how far we have come, you can read about the history of our organization and local railroading. If you would like to arrange a meeting with us or learn how to be more involved, please Contact Us.
Where to Find Us
We are located at the historical Railway Express Agency (REA) building next to the Amtrak station, just look for the large steam engine and rail cars! The MSVRR Historical Society has collaborated with the city of Salinas to restore the building to its 1940s appearance and guarantee the land to the Museum under a long term commitment plan.
Open House occurs the first Saturday and Sunday of every month (excluding holidays) from 10am to 4pm, during which the museum is admission free to the public. We have held special events for Salinas Founders Day and National Train Day in the past. Besides these public venues, we have weekly Board meetings where active members can participate in discussions and vote on official museum activities and determine future projects. Visit the Schedule/Events page for details.