Formed in October of 2001, the Corona Model Railroad Society has since moved 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 it’s 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 models.
Scheduled operating sessions are held each month on the first and third Saturdays from 10 am - 2 pm 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 railroad at other times, please call Roy Kennedy at 951-675-4707, or Jim Hammond at 951-898-9982.
For more information on the Corona Model Railroad Society, please see their website at this link.