Formed in 2002, the Corona Model Railroad Society
is moving full speed ahead. The organization is creating a historic
reproduction of 1940's Corona-area rail systems continues making great
strides. Visitors enter a period station waiting room where you will be
directed down a hallway (soon to be) flanked by a 25 mural depicting
the Santa Fe route between Los Angeles and Chicago, explaining that the
east coast would have had no fresh California citrus without the
railroads. On the other side is the exterior of an old Pullman car.
There in front of you, in meticulously-scaled miniature, is 1949-era Corona. The Third Street Pacific Electric Line,
the rail-side packing houses, and the Main Street station right off the
Grand Circle. Visible eastward down the tracks is Riverside, with all
of its own packing houses and industries.
Then westward, coming through the hills of
the Santa Ana Canyon, is the chugging of a refrigerator train full of
oranges. There in the distance, you can see every building, street and
siding along the Fullerton right-of-way. An incredible landscape not
painted, projected, or holographic but created with tiny detailed
Scheduled operating sessions are held each month on the first and third Saturdays from 8 am to Noon and the public is welcome to walk-in and enjoy. Except for these twice a month times, please understand that the model railroad is housed in its own building, separate from the museum, and does not operate on the same schedule. If you'd like to view the model railroads during your museum visit, we'd love to show it to you. Please call our volunteer coordinator Karen Grayer at (951) 264-5350 ahead of time and she can arrange a knowledgable engineer to provide tours for groups or individuals.
For more information on the Corona Model Railroad Society, please see their website at this link.