The Lomita Railroad Museum continues its building toward the future.
Our first expansion project was to construct a 35 ft tall water tower adjacent to the locomotive. Water towers were critical to the operation of locomotives in the steam railroading era. This project was completed in 2001.
Soon after, the Irene Lewis park was extensively landscaped. The retaining wall around the park was replaced and water, power and drainage infrastructure were installed in preparation for the future Museum expansion. CLICK HERE & HERE to see the grand opening festivities.
In 2005, the Museum was awarded a state grant by California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE) through the California State Library to develop architectural plans for a new facility which would meet the following critical needs -
- an expansion to the current museum for additional display, research, storage, work areas, office space, and other
- an educational center able to accommodate class size student groups for hands-on activities and programs
- a community center able to accommodate the many unmet needs in the City for meeting space and community activities
- a home for the Lomita Historical Society
The drawing below (soon to be available) shows the current museum and the proposed expansion when complete. Expansion of the museum will allow us to showcase many more railroad related artifacts that we have in storage waiting to be enjoyed by the public. The expanded facility will also allow us to provide educational programming to larger student groups and serve as a community center for the City.
The expanded facilities at the Lomita Railroad Museum will provide greater enjoyment and educational benefits to all who visit the Museum and are sure to bring many more returning visitors.
The Museum needs your help with its expansion. Please CLICK HERE to see how you can assist.