Visit The Travel Town Museum
Travel Town Museum is a transport museum dedicated on December 14, 1952 and located within the northwest corner of Griffith Park. The history of railroad transportation in the western United States from 1880 to the 1930’s. The museum has an outstanding collection of significant locomotives and rolling stock from Southern California.
In 1975 the City of Los Angeles contracted to build a miniature train ride within the museum. A 16” gauge track was built in about a year. A live steam train from Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch was purchased. It operated until the boiler rusted out on the locomotive. New non-steam locomotives were custom built to replace the steamer and to this day they pull the original Melody Ranch coaches. Tickets can be purchased to ride the Travel Town Railroad for two circles around the museum grounds. All ticket prices for the trains are under $3.00! After the train ride be sure to explore the dozens of old time railroad locomotives and cars. The museum gift shop is open Monday – Friday 10:30 am – 3:30 pm. and Saturday Sunday from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Located on a 9-acre site at 5200 Hollingsworth Drive in Griffith Park, Travel Town is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no admission charge. Displaying everything from a 104-ton locomotive to a one-horse shay, Travel Town offers its visitors what for most of them is the only opportunity they ever have to see and examine at close hand many different types of vehicles.
Scouts Making An Impact:
The Travel Town Museum is a great venue for both Boy Scout Eagle Projects and Girl Scout Gold Award Projects. Through these community-service projects, individual Boy and Girl Scouts are able to demonstrate their leadership abilities while doing a “good turn” for the Museum and its visitors.
*Sixty-two years after Bill Frederickson’s wonderful idea; Travel Town is still open daily at 10:00 AM, free of charge. Free fun for everyone!