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Special Events at the Museum

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The Lomita Railroad Museum offers a year-round calendar of events running from August through June. All these events are open to the public and most are free admission.

To see information on the next scheduled event CLICK HERE.

Speakers Forum

Now in its fifth year, the Lomita Railroad Museum Speakers Forum offers audiences fascinating presentations and lively discussion in an enjoyable and relaxed setting. Our presenters are authors, scholars, local personalities, and experts in their fields.  

This season’s five presentations of the Lomita Railroad Museum Speakers Forum revolve around the general themes of the past, present and future in

  • Railroads and transportation
  • The American West and experiences of the people who live here
  • Other topics of interest related to Lomita, the Los Angeles South Bay, and Southern California

Each program begins with a reception and light refreshments in the Museum Patio at 6:30 p.m. followed by the lecture at 7:00 p.m.

In 2012, through the generosity of a grant from BNSF Railways Foundation, we were able to expand our programming and more widely promote the series to attract a larger audience. Through the support of donors like you, the Lomita Railroad Museum Foundation has continued this effort.

Below is the 2013-14 Calendar of Events, but if you have suggestions for future topics or presenters, please let us know.

Annual Events

Each year the Museum hosts six special events -

  • the Lomita Chamber of Commerce Mixer in September
  • our Fruit of the Vine Wine Tasting Fundraiser in September and (date change in 2014)
  • the Holiday Appreciation Event for our donors, volunteers and Friends of the Museum in December
  • Music at the Museum in March (new in 2014)
  • our end-of-year Tea on the Lawn in May
  • Community Day at the Museum with free admission, entertainment, and special tours for all in August (date change in 2014)


Why do we ask for RSVPs?

Most events at the Lomita Railroad Museum are free, but we ask that you RSVP so that we have sufficient refreshments and seating. Thanks to our generous donors, presentations with larger numbers of attendees can now be accommodated comfortably in the Museum patio area.

To RSVP, please

  • email us at , or
  • phone the museum at (310) 326-6255




Thursday, October 16, 2014

Reception 6:30 pm
Presentation 7 pm

Speakers Forum:
The Lomita Flight Strip Story

Presenter: Chuck Lobb

Californians were panicked by the Pearl Harbor attack of Dec. 7, 1941, and civilian flights within 200 miles of the coast were immediately terminated. Airfields were commandeered and new ones hastily built. One of these was the Lomita Flight Strip, known today as Zamperini Field or the Torrance Municipal Airport. Hear the remarkable story of how it came to be and the many fascinating people involved.

Charles Lobb is a Federal Aviation Administration-certified flight instructor and unofficial historian for Zamperini Field, the Torrance Airport. He is also author of Images of Aviation: Torrance Airport, published by Arcadia Publishing.

Monday, October 20
through Friday October 31, 2014

4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Oct. 31)

Haunted Museum

Free admission

For 2 weeks starting Oct 20th the Museum will be transformed into a haunted museum. On Halloween, Oct 31st, from 4:00 to 5:30, Lomita Parks & Recreation and Railroad Museum staff will read stories to the kids and will have games for them to play. And, of course, there will be candy!

At 5:30, we will encourage the kids to head to Lomita Park for the Halloween Parade and Carnival.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Holiday Appreciation Event for Donors, Volunteers, and Supporters of the Museum

This is our opportunity to say thank you to all our Museum friends and celebrate the holidays at the Museum.

Please join us for lively conversation, refreshments, and good cheer!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Santa & Polar Express at the Museum

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Reception 6:30 pm
Presentation 7 pm

Speakers Forum:
The Queen of Inventions - The Sewing Machine

Mike and Ginger will bring history to life with their presentation on this remarkable invention and the resulting impact on social, economic and political aspects of life in America and Europe. They share their passion of this fascinating history with a display of machines from the 1800's to early 1900's - so many cleaver mechanical innovations, and crafted with such beauty, all in the pursuit of the perfect sewing machine!

"Sew Cranky" (antique hand-crank machines), was created by Mike Sabo and Ginger Alberti - a vision from their many years of interpretive living history.

Mike, a specialist in antique sewing machine repair and restoration, and Ginger, a professional seamstress and clothing designer, now keep a "fleet" of restored machines, so they can share their passion with "Hands-on-History" workshops, using only Antique Hand Crank machines! They also offer a variety of programs to museums, historical events, antiques buffs, sew "green" environmentalists, street fairs, farmers markets... and especially with children.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Belmont Shore Model Railroad Club
Bldg 824, Angels Gate Park,
off of Gaffey & Leavenworth Dr.

Map & directions

Reception 6:30 pm
Presentation 7 pm


Speakers Forum:
Port of LA to Central Valley: an Amazing Model Railroad!

Note: the Location of this presentation is NOT at the Museum due to the size of the model being demonstrated.

The Belmont Shore Model Railroad Club built, maintains, and operates one of the largest N scale model train layouts in the Nation. Housed in an old Army barracks at San Pedro's historic Fort MacArthur Park, the layout comprises a mainline run of nearly 10 scale miles and displays dozens of industries and geological features along the way. The layout theme is based on a freelanced version of the railroad during the steam/diesel transition era of the 1950's that travels from Los Angeles to Bakersfield through the Tehachapi Summit. Visitors to the Belmont Shore Model Railroad will witness a spectacular depiction of the famed Tehachapi Loop where a sixteen foot long train will actually pass over itself as the track loops around itself more than 360 degrees in an effort to keep the steepness of the grades manageable.

David Sheehan has been a member of the Belmont Shore RR club for nearly four years—although some members have been around for almost 40! David is a management consultant who specializes in helping manufacturing and distribution companies improve their productivity through application of The Toyota Production System. He lives in Torrance with his wife Lisa.

March, 2015

Date and time to be announced

Concert at the Museum

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Reception 6:30 pm
Presentation 7 pm

Speakers Forum:
Passenger Rail in LA: Past, Present & Future

Matt Barrett - the head of policy research for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), which also houses one of the most respected transportation libraries in the U.S.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

8th Annual Afternoon Tea on the Lawn


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