• San Leandro Depot

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    The depot was in use as a passenger facility until the Second World War, when the passenger agency was closed down as a “non-essential service.” The depot was downgraded and used as a break facility for switch crews working the San Leandro area.
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  • HO Scale Display

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    Construction of the HO scale model railroad display began in 1991. As with most model railroad displays, there is always more work to do. Per the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) Kalmbach Memorial Library, the SLHRS has the largest HO scale helix in the United States both in height and in diameter.
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  • G&O Garden Railway

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    The G&O will be a unique outdoor model railroad because it is being built as a public display. It will feature two gauges of trains — G gauge and O gauge 3-rail. G gauge is the most popular gauge for outdoor trains. Lionel and other companies popularized O gauge 3-rail early in the last century.
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Winter 2014 Open House & Train Show

Our Winter Open House & Train Show will be taking place December 13th & 14th, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on BOTH Saturday and Sunday! Railroaders of all ages are welcome to come watch society members operate model trains on our indoor and outdoor layouts, learn about model railroads and the operations of trains, and discover the history of the railroad in the East Bay.

The event is free and open to all ages. As usual we will be having our porch sale with baked goodies and train items, our raffle of great prizes just in time for the holidays, and for the first time ever – pictures with Santa!

Pictures with Santa will be $10 each for a glossy 5″x7″ print of your little tyke with Santa taking a break from running his own train set! All proceeds go to the San Leandro Historical Railway Society, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization!

Help us spread the word & download our Color Open House Flyer or Black & White Open House Flyer to share today!

OpsCom is Back

The Operations Committee is back up & running!  Ops sessions are tentatively scheduled for the last Tuesday of every month.  Contact Operations chair Eugene Brichacek for more information.

Weekly Open Hours

Visitors are always welcome to come in and see us during our weekly open hours. We’re open Tuesday nights from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

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The San Leandro Historical Railway Society (SLHRS) is housed in the San Leandro depot which was built in 1898 by the Southern Pacific Railroad to replace the original depot built by the Central Pacific Railroad in 1865. The depot was officially opened in June of 1898. It was instrumental in the agricultural and industrial growth of San Leandro and the surrounding area. Examples of this are the San Leandro Plow Company and the Daniel Best Manufacturing Company which evolved into the Caterpillar Tractor Company and the cherry orchards which are celebrated by San Leandro’s Cherry Festival for over 100 years in June.

The depot was in use as a passenger facility until the Second World War, when the passenger agency was closed down as a “non-essential service.” The depot was downgraded and used as a break facility for switch crews working the San Leandro area.

The depot was sold to the Society (for $1.00) in 1988. On December 11, 1988, the building was moved to its current site and work was begun on its restoration. In June, 1989, the museum and depot were officially reopened to the public. At that time the building was also designated a San Leandro Historical Site and has a bronze plate affixed to the front of the building.

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We now have a SLHRS Logo Shop!  All proceeds will go towards the General Operating Fund of the Society!  You can also donate specifically to the fund to Repaint the Depot by contacting our treasurer Pat Stratton directly!  For those who would like to contribute to the San Leandro Historical Railway Society (SLHRS) and choose not to participate in the Society, there are Contributing Sponsorships available for as little as $15 per year.

The San Leandro Historical Railway Society is a 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation.  Receipts for your donation can be provided upon request.  Contact Us to learn how you can donate.

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