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Lomita Railroad Museum

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The Lomita Railroad Museum began in 1967, founded by Mrs. Irene Lewis as a memorial to her husband, Martin. She gave the museum to the City of Lomita and later, upon her death in 1990, an acre of adjacent land.

The museum is not large, but the centerpieces are a reproduction Victorian style depot and a Southern Pacific oil burning steam locomotive. Also at the museum are a Union Pacific and an AT&SF caboose, two freight cars, a water tower, and several smaller wagons and hand cars. The interior of the depot is filled with smaller exhibits. The two freight cars are in what is called the annex, a park-like setting for picnics and birthday parties. A model inside the depot is of a larger museum that might someday rise on a large lawn (that acre) behind the parking lot.

Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday; 10:00 M - 5:00 PM

Address:
2137 West 250th Street
Lomita, CA 90717
310-326-6255
Following are photos from March 2013, unless otherwise noted.

The Victorian style Depot was based on a Boston & Maine Greenwood Station in Wakefield, Massachusetts.
The Victorian style Depot is filled with small exhibits and a small museum store.
The Victorian style Depot is filled with small exhibits.

Interior of Depot.

Southern Pacific Railroad locomotive. Class M-6 Mogul 2-6-0 oil burning steam locomotive, built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1902.
Southern Pacific Railroad locomotive.
The locomotive mostly worked in Southern California. It was decommissioned in 1958.

Locomitive and water tower in 2001.

Southern Pacific Class 73-SC-1 "whaleback" or "half-round" tender. Built in Southern Pacific Sacramento shops. This is not the original tender for the locomotive.

Union Pacific Class CA-1 caboose, built 1910 by Bettendorf.

The caboose ran on a subsidiary railroad in Washington State. It was retired in 1966 and given to the museum.

A caboose is an office on wheels and needs everything an office building would need, including a bathroom.
Wooden water tower.
Wooden water tower.
Wooden water tower.
AT&SF all-steel caboose.
AT&SF all-steel caboose.

AT&SF all-steel caboose.

Velocipede Hand Car, one-man three-wheel railcar used for maintenance. Hand operated at about five to eight miles per hour.

Baggage wagon.

Commissary cart.

This park-like site across the street is called the Annex. It is available of picnics and birthday parties. It is also the location of two freight cars.

Southern Pacific outside braced box car, 1913

SP Box car.

Union Oil tank car, weed growing on the running boards.
Union Oil tank car, 1923.

Someday, this lawn may be replaced with an expanded museum.

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