Firsts in San Bernardino

1884 - First Steam

Powered Fire Engine

(initally hand drawn,

later horse drawn).




Wednesday 9 AM - Noon
Saturday 10 AM - 3 PM

FREE Admission

FREE Parking

FREE Tours

1170 W. Third Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410

Map & Directions

San Bernardino
Historical &
Pioneer Society

P.O. Box 875
San Bernardino, CA 92402


(909) 888-3634 


Depot & Museum Tour

November 6, 2019

Tours will  be conducted

on  the  first Wednesday of

each month at 10:00 am.

Call (909)  888-3634  for

a reservation.  FREE


Group Tours

For a Group Tour on

Saturday or any other 

day call (909) 888-3634.


Virtual Museum Tour

Click here for visual tour

of the museum.


Photo Histories

Click here to view local San

Bernardino and railroad

photographic histories.


Click here for the Santa 

Fe Railway Historical and

Modeling Society.


Norton AFB Museum

Now Open:

Thursday 10:00 to 2:00

Saturday  10:00 to 2:00



N.A.R.V.R.E. Meeting

at the Mexico Cafe

The next meeting of the

National Association of

Retired & Veteran Railway

Employees will be held

at the Mexico Cafe.





About Us - Overview:

The San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum specializes in San Bernardino history and all things railroad.   It houses the Santa Fe Western Archives and unique artifacts, surrounded by hundreds of historic photographs.

The Museum is located in the restored 1918 Santa Fe Depot that serves Amtrak and Metrolink passengers and is across the tracks from the BNSF intermodal facility.  Over 100 freight trains pass by the depot each day.


Recreation of a 1910 Railroad Station

1899 Locomobile (First Car in San Bernardino)

Velocipede (19th Century Railroad Vehicle)



The museum contains unique San Bernardino and railroad memorabilia, and one-of-a-kind artifacts, including:

  • Antique hand-drawn vehicles and 19th century horse-drawn buggies
  • A 1910 railroad statiion recreated with period office equipment, telegraph, etc.
  • The first automobile that was operated in San Bernardino
  • An 1890 Fire Department Hose Wagon that's been in the Rose Parade eight times
  • A 19th century Velocipede (a three-wheeled railroad inspection vehicle)
  • Several large antique clocks, including one that hung in the Santa Fe roundhouse office in 1916
  • 100 Years of National Orange Show History
  • A Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) Machine like the one used in the this Depot from 1973 to 1989
  • Model Trains and a half dozen TVs playing railroad videos and history slide shows


Scheduled Activities:



  • First Wednesday - Free Tour of the Depot and Museum.  Call (909) 884-8276 for a reservation.



  • American Institute of Architects' Meeting
  • Book Signing by railroad and local history authors
  • California Route 66 Dinner
  • Car Shows
  • Chamber of Commerce Leadership Committee Luncheon
  • Free-mo (HO scale modular model railroading) Regional Setup
  • Historical and Railroad Society Meetings
  • Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society Mini-Meet
  • Scout and School Tours
  • Swap Meets
  • United Way Awards Banquet
  • Western Prototype Modelers Meet


Group Tours:

Group tours are available on Saturday or any other day by appointment.  Call (909) 888-3634.


Virtual Museum Tour

Museum History

Depot History