Travel Town Museum

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Travel Town Museum Los Angeles Reviews

vulindlela vulindle…
127 reviews
Hidden gem Jun 02, 2010
I love trains and planes so a visit to Travel Town was always a special treat when I was growing up in Southern California.

I had not been here in probably 25-30 years so when we were in LA for a funeral last week, we decided to visit.

Travel Town is free to visit. There are many old train cars that you can walk around and a few that you can climb on or go inside.

There is a little train ride around the park that costs $2.50 per person.

Not too many things are free anymore so this is a good place to spend some time while in LA and it is close to other places like Dodger Stadium, the LA Zoo, The Autry Museum, and the Griffith Observatory.
Travel Town
Travel Town
A locomotive
Old passenger car
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gimpel says:
Jeremy, very intresting thanks.
Posted on: Jun 03, 2010
Dr_Seuss says:
I've a thing for transport systems around the worl, though mostly metros :D. Could play about on them all day. Favourite museum in Glasgow is the Transport Museum, but it's shut now for 2 years as they are moving it to a new purpose built home :(
Posted on: Jun 02, 2010
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diegodlg diegodlg
16 reviews
Climb aboard May 11, 2008
If you are old enough to remember The Monkeys and their video to "Last Train to Clarksville" you will likely begin having flashbacks when you visit Travel Town. Yes - this is where the video was shot.

Travel town doesn't have the best trains but who cares. Its free and its geared towards kids as evidenced by the number of children’s' birthday parties happening on the grounds on any given day.

It's also one of the few places where visitors can pretty much climb all over most of the trains... some of which are very, very large.

The area is set up like a rail yard with tracks extending from a "station." Some of the cars and trains are in various states of repair and every once-in-a-while you can catch some one working on one of the exhibits.

There is a small engine that gives you a short ride around the museum park. The train goes around twice and there is no commentary but it's hard to avoid the trip (and the $2.50 fare) if you show with your child.

There is also a store and a giant shed with non-train exhibits such as old cars. They also have a huge model train set that sometimes is running and sometimes isn't.

Overall a good place to run around, climb and play.
One of the smaller trains.
Welcome to travel town.
Inside of a cabose.
I got the hook up.
89 reviews
Travel Town Museum Nov 08, 2008
Travel Town Museum is a popular attraction within Griffith Park. I have been here several times before with family and friends because it is a great place to take kids and the young at heart.

Unlike other museums, at Travel Town you can climb aboard select old fashioned train cars and pretend to be a cross country traveler from days gone by. Plus you can use flash long as it is for personal use!

Part of the train cars on display are housed underneath the remains of an old train station with exposed steel beams and glass windows. Other train cars are exposed to the elements...mostly baking in the So Cal sunshine!

In the main exhibit hall are a couple of cars from the 1920s (I think) and several sorts of horse drawn wagons.

Another on-site attraction is a ride on the miniature train which encircles the Travel Town lot, twice. I forgot how much it costs. But no trip to Travel Town is complete without riding it.

There are several picnic tables around the property to enjoy a picnic and the sun.

Overall, Travel Town is a great place to spend the day with history on the rails! Besides it's FREE.
TRE69 says:
David, there is so much to explore in LA...I'm only getting started!!!
Posted on: Mar 23, 2010
TRE69 says:
Thanks Jeremy! You should take the fam bam there the next time you visit LA!
Posted on: Mar 23, 2010
cneoridium says:
This reminds me that I really need to explore LA more!
Posted on: Mar 23, 2010
Andy99 Andy99
579 reviews
LA's very own railway musuem! Jun 24, 1987
Travel Town is an open-air railway and transporation museum tucked away in LA's Griffith Park. It's popular with railfans (railway enthusiasts), the general public, and with children alike. Many children's birthday parties are held at the park. (In fact, the idea behnd Travel Town was for a city park that would allow children to climb up on various real transporation artifacts.)

Travel Town has evolved into a musuem setting for exhibiting locomotives, passenger cars, and ever popular cabooses that tell the story of rail transportation in California. There are a few vintage road vehicles on display, too, but the railway exhibits are the most popular. There are also rides on park-size trains. Everyone will find something to enjoy. Travel Town admission is free, but there is a nominal charge for the train rides.

Photos are from my 1995 visit to Travel Town.
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williamsworld says:
You have got to get up to Sacramento and see the train museum there.
Posted on: Mar 06, 2011

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