Simi Valley Things to Do

Santa Susana Depot Museum & Model Railroad

Simi’s old Santa Susana Train Depot was built in 1903 and was once the center of travel and trade for Simi Valley. The Depot was used primarily by Simi’s travelers and farmers as a way to move themselves or their produce by the quickest means of transportation, which in those days, was the railroad. The Depot also housed freight shipments, and was home to the depot’s operating agent and family for over sixty years. When visitors step inside the train depot, they truly take a step back in time; seeing the old telegraph and ticket counter, and sitting in the waiting room. The Rancho Simi Foundation has kept everything in the building up to match its original 1930’s design so that visitors truly get a sense of what the depot was like in its day. And perhaps the best part about this museum is that the building itself is one of the last of its kind in existence today. In fact, the train depot still sports its original Southern Pacific Railroad colors: colonial and dark yellows with medium brown trims, a mossy green roof and white window sashes – a truly one of kind of building to match its unique history!

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