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!

>>> WE ARE CLOSED: Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we are closing the museum to the public until further notice. All Open Houses are canceled for the time being. We will try reopening in late 2021. Thank you for understanding, and stay safe!

>>> Guest Train Operations on the Diorama are now available during Open House Weekends! Click here for more information on Guest Operators.

>>> Click here to access the Museum Members Portal

Our Mission

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.

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Model Railroaders Wanted!

Whether you are new to model railroading or have taken up the hobby your whole life, we encourage you to apply to become a member with us! You can operate your own trains on our layout, assist guests when the museum is open, and support us as we continue to build the historical society and serve our community!

If you are interested in becoming a member, volunteer, or donator, please check out the Membership page to learn more. You can find more information on the different tiers of membership, as well as accessing the necessary documents to start your journey with us today!

Where to Find Us

NOTE: The parking lot area surrounding the museum has recently been redone, so please drive safely when reaching the museum from West Market Street. Google Maps will take some time to update, and we are working on updating our own map.

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.

Museum Schedule

Open House Calendar

ANNOUNCEMENT: Open Houses are Canceled until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We apologize for the inconvenience, and are hoping to begin reopening the museum this summer!

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.

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