Families Ride Old Railway System for Father’s Day Weekend

PERRIS – Train-loving dads and their families celebrated the beginning of Father’s Day weekend today by riding old Pacific Railway cars at the Orange Railway Museum.

For those who couldn’t make it today, the event will be held again Sunday at the museum at 2201 South A St. along with a barbecue, according to the museum’s website.

Alan Weeks, the author of “Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society Monograph No. 9,” will also be at the museum Sunday to greet guests and sign copies of his book. The book signing is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Pacific Electric cars, forerunners of the current Metro mass transit system, were discontinued in 1961 after operating through Southern California during the early 20th century, but the museum still houses a few of them. The cars are known for their distinct bright red color.

Admission to the grounds is free, but an all-day pass to ride the cars costs $12 for ages 12-and-up, $8 for ages 5 to 11, and is free for children under 4. The trains operate from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Father’s Day barbecue will last from noon to 2 p.m Sunday. The lunch will feature barbecue chicken, smoked sausage, bacon-wrapped barbecue meatballs and other food, according to event officials. Reservations for the barbecue are required and cost $12 for adults and $6 for children.

For more information, visit www.oerm.org.

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