Pacific Railroad Society, Inc., 210 W. Bonita Ave., San Dimas, CA 91773


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“PRS rode the Movie Trains”
A great time was had by PRS on the Fillmore and Western

Exc545 Filmore and Western

New lower price on PRS RDC book!
 RDC Book 1RDC Book 2New order form

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Discount on 1st book for PRS members


DC-191 rebuilt
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The only remaining Santa Fe RDC-1 is now owned by the PRS. The DC-191 is in the process of being restored.  Of all of Santa Fe’s equipment, it has the most amazing history. It was involved in the worst train accident in California history and survived. It has gone through 6 different owners, and was involved in a second major accident when it belonged to the B&O in 1976. It is so rich in history that Ed Saalig has written a 232 page book covering its amazing and definitive history. If you would like to help us restore the DC-191, you may make a tax free donation to the “Help 191” fund c/o Pacific Railroad Society Inc. 210 W Bonita Ave., San Dimas, CA 91773

Exc # 543 Holiday Daylight!

PRS's National Forum Open Section Sleeper and Bill Hattrick's the Overland Trail lounge car travel to San Luis Obispo!

Crew PhotoCrew
Forum and Trail 543

Pacific Railroad Museum in the Pasadena Star-News
San Dimas Museum
Curator Dave Housh, left, with Marti Ann Draper of the Pacific Railroad
Society in front of the Pacific Railroad Museum and library inside an old
train depot in San Dimas on Thursday.
(Pasadena Star-News, Keith Birmingham / Staff Photographer)
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Click on the photo to download a pdf copy of Pasadena Star-News article.

Just one of many photos at the
Pacific Railroad Society Museum Library in San Dimas.
Photo by the late Don Strickland.

Exc 542 photo

Areial Video
PRS Exc 542 Aerial Video, used with permission from

Special Train
Photo by Justin Houchen

PRS Diamond Jubilee Special Train - Crew Photo

Crew Photo

Credit: Photo by Russell Jones, Equipment and Editing by Matt Wiles.

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  • Janaury 2014 Wheel Clicks and past months now on-line under publications.
  • Now make Donations to your favorite PRS fund on-line via this web site under the Membership tab on the left.
  • Now accepting memberships and renewals on-line.  Click Membership tab to the left.
  • Membership Meeting: 2nd Friday of the Month 7:30pm, Alhambra Room, Joslyn Center, 210 N. Chapel Ave., Alhambra, CA
  • Rolling Stock Repair Days: Most Saturdays (8:30am to ?), Noakes & Herbert Sts., City of Commerce, CA
  • Pacific Railroad Museum: Satudays: 10:00am to 4:00pm, Mondays & Wednesdays: noon to 5:00pm, 210 W. Bonita Ave., San Dimas, CA

Exc535 Lamy, NM

Excursion # 535 "Let's Go by Train to Santa Fe" featured
Pacific Railroad Society's 1954 "National Forum", a sleeper with
six Roomettes, four Bedrooms, and six Open Section Sleepers.


Hi-Level Car
Pacific Railroad Society's new Hi-Level Coach/Dormitory Transition Car
Photo by Vince Cammarano

Do you have photos or video of past PRS excursions that you would like to share.  Looking for a few good ones of PRS rolling stock, our museum, or other PRS event.  Send photos or a link, to the PRS Webmaster:  Thanks.


National Forum
The "National Forum", PRS's 50-year old sleeping car that is Amtrak certified for speeds up to 90-mph.  Click on the Railroad Equipment and Excursions links on the left.
PRS Museum
The PRS Museum and Library in San Dimas  Click on the San Dimas Museum and Library links on the left.


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PACIFIC RAILROAD SOCIETY is composed of people from all walks of life who share a common interest in railroads. We are one of the oldest and largest independent rail enthusiast organizations in the United States, having an average annual membership of over 650. Donations are tax deductible under Federal and State law.

Membership in the Society is open to anyone interested in railroads or rail transit. Train travel, history, preservation, equipment restoration and photography are among the interests and activities of the Society. They are all done on a voluntary basis.


Why These Colors?  

These colors were chosen for the Pacific Railroad Society home pages because they are the official colors of the club.

PRS colors of yellow and dark green came about when we acquired our first passenger car, the Imperial Bird.  At the time, the Bird was painted UP armor yellow with red stripes.  Since we were putting the car into service immediately, we wanted to paint it in some kind of distinctive PRS way which would not involve a major painting operation.

Wayne Melching, Pacific Railroad Society co-founding member and Vice President when the Imperial Bird was acquired, said that he always liked the yellow and green used by Chicago and Northwestern (C&NW) on their passenger trains.  The idea of dark green and Armor Yellow was well received within the society. The red stripes were painted over in dark green and dark green lettering and numbering was applied.

Viola! Instant Pacific Railroad Society paint scheme!  Later, a Pacific Railroad Society standard paint scheme was figured out, with the top letter board being wider (per C&NW practice) with the name Pacific Railroad Society in an expanded running script, the car name and numbers in a distinctive san-serif green, the roofs, ends, and under bodies in UP gray, the trucks in bright silver, the end doors in salmon, the vestibules in light cream yellow and the body paint UP armor yellow.

Pacific Railroad Society has never had all its cars painted this way.  This paint scheme can be seen in one of the photographs of the National Forum.

Pacific Railroad Society, Inc.
210 W. Bonita Ave.
San Dimas, CA 91773

Pacific Railroad Museum
210 W. Bonita Ave.
San Dimas, CA 91773
Phone: (909) 394-0616

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