San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum
The San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum focuses on San Bernardino and western railroad history. It houses the Santa Fe Western Railroad archives, photographs, and many unique artifacts such as the first automobile in the city, a 1890 Fire Department Hose Wagon, and antique clocks. It is housed in a depot, which was built in 1918, and is still used as an train station by Amtrak and the Metrolink. The Museum is jointly operated by the San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society and the San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society. The Santa Fe Railway Historical and Modeling Society maintains the archives of the Santa Fe Railroad in the museum.
Backstory and Context
Amtrak began operations in 1972. The building itself underwent renovations from the mid-1990s to 2004 and the museum opened in 2008.