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Public ride days are the highlight for the club. They are conducted on the third Saturday and the following Sunday of each month from 10:00 am until 3:30 pm. In 2022 we gave rides to over 28,000 people (Covid shortened), and for many years, that number is over 30,000. The club has a variety of engines and riding cars. Trains on public ride days are made up of 4 to 6 bench cars that seat 4 to 6 adults and children per car.
Rides are free; however, donations are welcome and help keep the trains running.
A typical trip takes between 12-15 minutes and covers two park loops or approximately 1.25 miles. Bridges and terrain variations are just part of the scenery, as is the back end of the Costa Mesa Golf Course, a gorgeous view of the surrounding mountains, and the lower part of the City of Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach. Plus, there is wildlife all around. Especially for bird lovers.
Your furry companions are welcome to join you inside the park — providing they are on a leash and abiding by all City of Costa Mesa ordinances for all city parks — but aren’t allowed on our trains.
All trains depart from the Goathill Junction Railroad Train Station, with the first train leaving at 10 AM and the last train departing just before 3:30 PM. We hope to see you there!
*For Children to ride the trains, they must be able to walk
and be at least 31″ tall.