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 450. 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. 



For Release:  6/11/2022

For more information contact:

Robert Markowitz

c/o Pacific Railroad Society Museum

210 W. Bonita Ave. 

San Dimas, CA 91773


Emery Grant Award to Pacific Railroad Society, Inc.

San Dimas, California - Pacific Railroad Society, Inc. (“PRS”), is pleased to announce a $15,000 grant from the John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust for mechanical work on the former Union Pacific 6-4-6 Pullman car, the National Forum. John Emery a long-time Chicago resident and avid rail enthusiast loved to ride trains around the world, and wanted to help preserve rail equipment and infrastructure to allow future generations to share his experiences  of “Golden Age” of railway travel from 1920 to 1960.

PRS will use the grant to refurbish the air brakes, bearings, and other mechanical items required by Amtrak to maintain the National Forum in Amtrak operational service.   PRS plans to operate the National Forum on Fall 2022 excursions between Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Luis Obispo once the mechanical repairs are completed.   More information on excursions will be posted here when they become available.  Donations are still needed to pay for storage between excursions,  Insurance, interior refurbishment, and other miscellaneous repairs.  Please help us with your time help repair and refurbish the National Forum or a monetary donation.

The John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust

The John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust was created by John Emery, a native of Chicago, and a lover of the classic passenger trains of America.

Please consider supporting Pacific Railroad Society, Inc. with a generous donation.  Pacific Railroad Society is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt educational foundation, run by an all volunteer crew.  100% of your donation will go to support the educational activities of the society.

PRS National Forum Donation

PRS General Donation

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

Open Sections



 Army? NAVY?   MARINE CORPS? Celebrate our Veterans and our Veteran Locomotive!

Pacific Railroad Society owns and operates a 1941 General Electric switch engine used consecutively by the United States Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. This engine is used to move cars around at our Dart storage facility in East Los Angeles. It is operable, but its batteries have worn out.

We believe it is time that this venerable veteran get some of the attention it deserves. In addition to replacing the batteries and doing some basic maintenance, we would like to repair its broken windows and paint the body. To do this, we propose that each of us who can make a donation in the name of a friend or family member who has served our country in the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine. If you know anything about the person’s service, please include those details with your donation. You can use the form on the back of this appeal. The funds will be used to get the engine running again and the stories will be shared with your fellow members at the time of the re-dedication of our locomotive, which we hope to do by Veteran’s Day this year, and the names of the honorees will be preserved at the Pacific Railroad Museum in San Dimas.

If you would like to support our locomotive Veteran and help inform the country about the service of railroads and the Transportation Corps during times of conflict, and want to recognize a friend or family member who has served, please send your donation along with the details on the other side, or use the donation function on our website. Progress on this appeal will be documented in Wheel Clicks along with the names of the honorees.

To kick off this appeal, I am making a donation of $25 in honor of my uncle, Roy T. Fleming. Uncle Roy was one of the six founders of PRS and served as its first vice-president and newsletter editor. After Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the United States Army and served until 1946, when he went to work for the Western Pacific Railroad.

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Our Pacific Railroad Museum will be re-opening on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, starting on June 19!  Access will be limited to comply with Covid safety requirements.  Please call (909) 394-0616 to confirm schedule.  

Regular meeting meetings are now being held virtually.   See our Facebook page for the latest updates. 

The Board of Director’s Meetings are also being conducted virtually via Free Conference
Updates to this situation will be posted on the PRS website,, and at 626 297-8014.

The PRS Facebook page is the best source of information on PRS.  Please keep yourselves safe and healthy!

Check out these videos of past Pacific Railroad Society excursions using PRS’s very own 61year old Pullman Sleeping Car, the National Forum


PRS Exc # 551 to San Luis Obispo


PRS Exc # 553 to San Diego


Pacific Railroad Society, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) social organization staffed by volunteers. The Society supports historic rail car preservation, railroad excursions, a railroad museum which preserves and displays railroad literature, photos, and a railroad resource library; railroad related education; social events; and publications. The public is welcome to participate in the Society's events, operations, and facilities. The Society is funded by memberships, donations, excursions, and fundraising activities.

Exc # 553 to San Diego


Exc # 552 to Perris & OERM

Exc # 550 Special Train to Bakersfield

LET'S GET ON BOARD THE NATIONAL FORUM by MARTI ANN DRAPER, EXCURSION DIRECTOR As you all know, PRS owns several railroad cars. Many of you remember the high point of private car operation by PRS, which occurred in 1977 when we operated seven cars on a special train through Mexico. PRS was one of the founding members of AAPRCO, the American Association of Private Car Owners. I have always felt extremely proud that in spite of continual and increasing challenges, PRS has remained as one of the very few non-profit membership organizations which has maintained and operated its own cars.  The standards for operating private cars have become more and more stringent, so that now PRS has only two cars which have the required modifications to be used in Amtrak service. In recent years, the always small number of PRS volunteers who have turned out to regularly work on our cars at Saunders Yard has dwindled to one or two a week. In face of this lack of support, enthusiasm of the Rolling Stock Committee is at its lowest ebb.  We have one car, the  National Forum , which we have continued to maintain in accordance with Amtrak's standards so it can be used on excursions. As your Excursion Director, I am eager to continue to use this historically important car on excursions so that we and younger generations can experience what it was like to ride in a typical sleeping car of the 1950's. This is not impossible; other private owners operate vintage cars, and right now Amtrak is willing to cooperate with them so it is still possible to have the experience of riding historic equipment on the high iron.

In light of this, the PRS Board has vested the Excursion Committee with the responsibility for keeping the  National Forum running. This means that the Excursion Committee now has to rally those who agree that the National Forum should continue operating on Amtrak so that we can undertake necessary periodic maintenance and all of the various jobs which have to be done when a car goes on the road.  PRS needs you! Whether you have a particular mechanical skill, don't mind doing a dirty job now and again, or would like to participate in some hands-on historic preservation, now is the time to make yourself known! We will be putting together work parties at Amtrak's facilities in Los Angeles during the next couple of months with the aim of operating the  Forum again as soon as possible. Wonder what kinds of work are needed? Contact me at or at (626) 570-0033 and I'll invite you down at a time that's convenient for you to be at the car. You don't have to commit to any regular schedule for your participation. We will work with you. I promise that after you have helped work on the car, when you are on the  National Forum at speed in a real Amtrak train, you will experience a thrill that is like no other. People who work on the car will be afforded the chance to work on the excursions using the  National Forum . Unlike most private car owners, you don't have to carry the whole burden of maintenance on your own shoulders. You can have complete pride of ownership and craftsmanship by working side by side with your fellow railfans. You can also involve your family and friends who are interested in historic passenger equipment. Contact me today !

Pacific Railroad Society, Inc. 

210 W. Bonita Ave. 

San Dimas, CA 91773

Phone: (909) 394-0616

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