Erwin Welsch Research Library

The library's focus is prototypical railroading in North America and worldwide with a regional emphasis on Southern California and the Southwest. Our collection of books, magazines and other materials cover:

  • North American standard, narrow gauge, short line, industrial, and scenic railroads

  • North American transit, interurban and light rail systems

  • Railroads and transit systems of the world outside North America

  • Railroad motive power and rolling stock

  • Railroad construction, maintenance and operation

  • Model railroad subjects

The collection consists of over 10,000 books, serial publications, drawings, manuscripts, maps, sound recordings, computer files/databases and folders containing additional pieces of railroad ephemera (catalogs, timetables, travel brochures, pocket maps, dining car menus and newspaper clippings). The Library also has over 15,000 photographs and slides. We offer reference service on site as well as through email to: 

Library Hours are 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM on weekdays and 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM on Saturdays.