Here are some photos of Pacific Railroad Society’s Exc.# 555

Two Round Trips on the National Forum 

Los Angeles to San Diego, Saturday June 15, 2019.

Thanks everyone for sharing these photos of the National Forum with us.

Accommodations aboard the National Forum

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Excursion Trip Report:



We’ve had some people worry that spending a day in San Diego is “too long.”   Like, what does a person do down there, anyway?

Within walking distance of the station, you can visit the Midway, a retired aircraft carrier with examples of aircraft from throughout the post WWII era, ably staffed by knowledgeable docents who will answer any question you have.  Look at 

Stroll north along the waterfront and visit the Maritime Museum of San Diego.   In addition to the Berkeley, a real Southern Pacific Bay Ferry you can explore, you can actually see the magnificent Star of India under sail today!  Look at .  If you like the idea of transport by ferry, take one over to Coronado.  There’s time to do an entire harbor cruise if you want.  Look at .  

Strolling south along the waterfront, you will encounter Seaport Village.  If you get tired of walking, come back to the 1915 Santa Fe Depot in a real horse-drawn carriage.  Just inland is the Gaslamp Quarter.   This world-famous older portion of town, which serves as a night spot for food and drink, is also an excellent place for lunch.   If you prefer Italian, Little Italy is three blocks north of the station.

The San Diego Trolley system can take you anywhere from Mexico to Santee.  They have maps and schedules and instructions for getting a Compass card at .    Plus, if you want to keep with the 1956 theme, be sure to take a ride on their vintage PCC!  It runs every half hour starting at 1:52 pm on the “Silver line” loop which goes right past the Santa Fe station.

The excellent trolley and bus system can also take you to Sea World, which will certainly fill up an entire day, or to Mission Beach and the classic Balboa Park with its 1925 “Big Dipper” wooden roller coaster.  Check out .  Or, you could spend the day at Balboa Park, home to many outstanding Museums and attractions, including the Model Railroad Museum, Old Globe Theater, and Balboa Park Miniature Railroad.  Just strolling around the Pan-Pacific Exposition buildings is a thrill, but you can get an Explorer Pass admitting you to all the Museums at .  Just next door is possibly the world’s best zoo.  Contact them at .

If you run out of plans, simply walking around this beautiful city and enjoying some of its famous eateries is guaranteed to lift your spirits.

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