Santa Susana Depot

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Santa Susana Depot
Santa Susana Depot view from southwest 2014-11-13.jpg
View from the southwest
Santa Susana Depot is located in California
Santa Susana Depot
Location within California
General information
Architectural style Stick/Eastlake
Location 6503 Katherine Road, Simi Valley, California
Coordinates 34°15′39″N 118°39′40″W / 34.260771°N 118.661168°W / 34.260771; -118.661168
Owner Rancho Simi Parks and Recreation Department
Design and construction
Architect Southern Pacific Railroad

Santa Susana Depot is a train station building located near the Santa Susana Pass in Simi Valley, California. Originally located on Los Angeles Avenue at Tapo Street,[1] the depot opened in 1903. The Santa Susana Tunnel opened the next year, reducing the distance and transit time between Montalvo and Burbank on the Coast Route linking Los Angeles and San Francisco. Plans and construction for the building were based on Southern Pacific Railroad standard design Two Story Combination Depot No. 22.[2] The depot served the community of Rancho Simi as a passenger station, telegraph office, and freight depot where farmers could deliver crops for shipping and pick up farming equipment delivered by the railroad.

Due to lessening passenger traffic and changes in the shipment of freight, Southern Pacific closed the station in the early 1970s, leaving Santa Susana Depot empty and destined for demolition. The County of Ventura purchased the depot from the railroad for $1.06. In May 1975 the building was divided into three parts and moved by truck to county property two miles east of the site it was built on. The County of Ventura designated the building Landmark #29 in January, 1976.[3]

Current status[edit]

The current location is next to the same railroad right of way it once served. The building sat abandoned for several years suffering vandalism, and arson caused fire damage.[4] A nonprofit organization was formed to restore the building and ready it for public use in conjunction with the Rancho Simi Parks and Recreation Department.

The museum was opened to the public in 2000.[5] The depot building now houses a railroad museum, an HO scale model railroad layout, and a public meeting room. The museum focuses on railroad history in the region and has many artifacts and historic photos on display. Along with the railroad related features, the museum also has a collection of materials related to the nearby Corriganville Movie Ranch. The railroad layout models the coast route between Los Angeles, California, and Portland, Oregon, with scenery that targets the early 1950s. The Santa Susana Railroad Historical Society designs, maintains, and operates the layout. Both the museum and the model layout are open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with the exception of holidays.

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  1. ^ "Santa Susana: Populated Place". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ Bender, Henry E., Jr. (2013). Southern Pacific Lines Standard-Design Depots. Berkeley and Wilton, California: Signature Press. p. 134. ISBN 9781930013339. 
  3. ^ Cultural Heritage Board. "Ventura County Landmark Map" County of Ventura Planning Division Accessed 30 October 2013
  4. ^ Rutschman, Avi (January 13, 2006). "Santa Susana Railroad Depot rolls into history". Simi Valley Acorn. Simi Valley, CA. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Railroad museum turns 10". Simi Valley Acorn. Simi Valley, CA. May 14, 2010. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 

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