Exploring the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo

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A couple of weeks ago I joined my camera club for a day trip to Campo’s Pacific Southwest Railway Museum. At first glance I wasn’t sure there would be much to explore/photograph, but I was wrong. This place keeps going…and going…and going!

Wood Rail Car at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo, California
Wooden Rail Car

There are many old rail cars sitting outside being broken down by the elements, and even more in an huge barn that have been preserved that are open to walk through. We spent about three hours there, but I could have stayed longer. There was so much more to see.

Peering through an open rail car at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo, California
Peering Through 1

For this shoot I bracketed most of my images, and shot with my Canon 6D from my new Peak Design Travel Tripod. Processing was done in Lightroom, Aurora HDR 2019, and Luminar 4. Click here to learn more about photographing for HDR.

Rail car textures and colors at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo, California
So Many Enticing Textures and Colors
Woodwork and stained glass in an old private rail car at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo, California
Woodwork and Stained Glass in a Private Railway Carriage
Priviate Dining Room in a private railway carriage at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo, California
Dining Room in a Private Rail Carriage
Engine Knobs at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo, California
Engine Knobs 1
Engine Knobs at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo, California
Engine Knobs 2
Passenger Car at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo, California
Passenger Rail Car
Passenger Rail Car at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo, California
Passenger Accommodations
Postal Carriage at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo, California
Peering Through the Postal Carriage
Postal Carriage Details at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo, California
Details in the Postal Rail Car
Mailboxes at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo, California
Rail Car Mailboxes
Peering through at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo, California
Peering Through 2
Rust and Chains at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo, California
Chains and Rust
Private Rail Car at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo, California
Private Car

If you like trains, or simply enjoy exploring the colors and textures of age, then the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Camp will not disappoint!

Ready to visit? Get up to date hours and ticket prices on the museum’s website. It is an easy day trip from San Diego. Be sure to stop at Cafe B in Campo for a tasty lunch.

Angela Andrieux

Photographer Prone to Wanderlust | Photography Coach | Foodie | Cat Lover | Navy Wife

2 Comments

  1. Kevin La Rue on February 7, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    Awesome shots, Angela! I took the kids out many years ago for a train ride, and now that I see your photos am itchin’ to get out there for a photography “ride”. 😉

    • Angela Andrieux on February 7, 2020 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks, Kevin! There is SO much cool stuff to photograph out there. Outings like this is another great reason to join Darkroomers, just sayin’. 😉

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