Trains, Trolleys, & Tractors in Perris CA

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If you’ve followed my photography for a while, you’ll know I am fascinated with old, rusty things. I love the colors, patterns, and textures of decaying metal. That’s why, despite a high chance of rain, I jumped at the opportunity when my camera club decided to make the trek to the Southern California Railway Museum in Perris, California. This unique museum has a wide variety of trains to explore and photograph.

We spent several hours wandering amongst old trains, rail cars, trolleys, and other mechanical beasts before the rain came down in earnest. These are a few of my favorite photos from the outing.

Yellow passenger train car with green interior and red benches with vintage advertisements inside.
Green and Yellow vintage trains
vintage red wooden train boxcar filled with cargo and luggage
Echoes of Industry
Door between passenger train cars with a sign that reads "passengers are not allowed to stand on the platform"
Passengers are not allowed to stand on the platform
Inside a vintage caboose car with wood stove and living area, rarely seen on today's trains
An oil lamp and red-framed window inside a vintage caboose, rarely seen on today's trains
Inside an old caboose, rarely seen on today's trains
Old turner trestle for trains on a stormy day
Old turner trestle for trains on a stormy day with Keep Off sign
Buffalo Springfield steam tractor with beautiful rust
Buffalo Springfield steam tractor with beautiful rust
Buffalo Springfield steam tractor with beautiful rust
Buffalo Springfield steam tractor with beautiful rust
Green and yellow tram train car 3100 Pico to Rimpaii | Take this car to Bullock's Downtown
Take this car to Bullock’s Downtown

For those who are interested, these images are made up of multiple bracketed exposures from my Canon R6. My images are organized in Mylio Photos and edited with Photoshop, and HDR processing is done with Luminar Neo.

If you’re looking for something different to do in Perris, CA, I recommend checking out the Southern California Railroad Museum. There is a lot to look at, great photo opportunities, and entertainment for all ages.

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2 Comments

  1. JeanneRenee LeSapde on June 22, 2024 at 10:44 am

    Perris is my home and though I now live in texas I remember the railroad museum I loved that place and took my kids there when they were growing up they liked the trein ride through town. Miss home and yes worth going to. Beauitful photos as well

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