The Niles Depot Museum's primary focus is early railroads of Fremont, Newark, and Union City with an emphasis on the Niles District of Fremont - mainly the Southern Pacific and Western Pacific Railroads. Present-day railroads such as Union Pacific and Amtrak are also featured, as well as earlier railroads of the area such as the South Pacific Coast.

The museum features a wide variety of exhibits including:
• Equipment & photographs from Niles Tower
• Operating railroad signals
Passenger train uniforms and artifacts
• Railroad lanterns
• Historic track tools
• Telegraph & railroad communications equipment
• Artifacts & photos of Niles and local areas
• History and photographs of other local area depots
• WP467, a Western Pacific Railroad caboose.

Hours of operation and location:

Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. The museum is also open for special events in Niles.

The Niles Depot Museum is located at 37592 Niles Boulevard in Fremont, California, at the Niles Town Plaza.

Niles Depot Historical Foundation Mission Statement


The Niles Depot Historical Foundation is dedicated to presenting the history of railroading in the Fremont area, with an emphasis on the Southern Pacific Railroad, the Western Pacific Railroad, and their contributions to local history in Niles.

  The Niles Depot Historical Foundation seeks to educate all ages and segments of the general public, provide family recreational opportunities that are consistent with and supportive of the museum's educational goals, provide a facility open for use by rail enthusiasts for meetings and special events, provide a facility for HO and N scale model railroad layouts, and to preserve items of historical and local significance. Foremost among these artifacts is the Niles Depot, a colonnade-styled 1901 Southern Pacific railroad station which also houses most of the collections and exhibits.  
The museum endeavors to achieve its educational, recreational, and preservation goals through research, special events, a variety of exhibits and displays, collecting and conservation, and an ongoing building and grounds restoration program.  

The Niles Depot Historical Foundation attempts to complement, rather than duplicate, the programs of the larger rail museums within the state – most notably the California State Railroad Museum – which are built around collections of railroad locomotives and cars. 

 

The Niles Depot Historical Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization; donations and membership dues are tax-deductible for federal and state purposes.

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