Travel Town Museum

Address: 
3900 West Chevy Chase Drive, MS 656-3
Los Angeles, CA 90039-1221
United States
Contact: 
Ms. Linda Barth
Phone: 
213- 485-5520

Archives and Collections

Description of Collection: 

The Travel Town Museum preserves and celebrates the railroad heritage of the western United States—its history and its artifacts. Particular emphasis is placed on the role that railroads played in the development of Southern California and the Los Angeles region. The museum’s railroad equipment collection comprises locomotives, freight cars, cabooses, passenger cars, and motorcars, most of which operated in Southern California at one time. This collection is on display year-round outdoors at 5200 Zoo Drive in Griffith Park. The museum’s archives and photographic collection are located at 3900 West Chevy Chase Drive in Griffith Park. The photographic collection documents the history of the railroad equipment held by the museum as well as the history of railroading in Southern California generally. In the museum’s archives are personal collections of material culture donated by retired engineers, firemen, brakemen, stewards, and other railroad employees. Railroading crosses cultural, racial, and gender lines.

Regions covered: 
California, Southern California primarily
Languages: 

Management

Institution Type: 
Catalog System: 
Cataloged records are arranged in Paradox database with written backup.
Repository: 
Yes
Loans to Outside?: 
Yes
Exhibited?: 
Yes