Santa Susana Railroad Historical Society

Welcome The Santa Susana Railroad Historical Society


Welcome, as a member of the Santa Susana Railroad Historical Society (SSRHS) you will have a unique opportunity.  Not only will you be participating with a group of talented people in a hobby we all love,  you will also be helping to save a bit of railroad history, our home the Santa Susana Depot.  We meet every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at 10:00 a.m.  Train operations are the 2nd and 5th Saturday and the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.  The Depot is open to the public Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., as a member you will be required to work a minimum of six Saturday or Sunday’s a year based upon a calendar posted on the Santa Susana website.  All other meetings are devoted to working on the railroad, working around the depot, or just talking trains.  What follows is some information about us we hope you will find informative.

MEMBERSHIP: Before applicant can join the SSRHS everyone is required to pass a Rancho Simi Parks's background and fingerprint plus attend an orientation. An applicant to the society is required to pay an initiation of one hundred dollars and must be present at the regular buisness meeting held on the first Wednesday of each month.  Fifty to be paid to the Rancho Simi Foundation upon acceptance of membership application.  This money is tax deductible and goes directly into the Santa Susana Depot building fund, the other fifty dollars goes to the society.

It is our concern that the individuals voted into regular membership will join in maintaining our tradition of cohesiveness and fraternal sprit. Therefore an apprenticeship of 6 months must be served, during this period the applicant will have opportunities to develop fellowship with the members, display or develop their modeling abilities, to a degree necessary to interact smoothly with the regular members and to fulfill the obligations of society membership.

The applicant should understand that acceptance of their application is no way guarantees membership into the society.

There are three categories of membership:

    • REGULAR MEMBER; open to anyone over the age of 18 years.  The fee for regular member starting in 2014 will be $20.00 per month.  If a member wishes to pay a year dues in advance the fee will be for eleven months or $200.00.  The society by-laws limit membership to forty members.
    • ASSOCIATE MEMBER; fees for this type of membership is $60.00 per year.  Associate members have no voting privileges, are unable to hold office and are not able to run trains more than four times during the year (without invitation).  Associate members must be voted in by 2/3 of the society. Associate membership is only open for those who live more than 50 miles from the depot.
    • JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP; open to children from the ages of 12 to 18 years old and must be sponsored by a regular fulltime member.  There is a one time initiation fee of $50.00 and a yearly fee of $25.00



    Please note that before running any equipment on the layout all probationary members must become certified engineers, please contact the Trainmaster for training.

    In order to keep your railroad as trouble free as possible there are equipment standards that must be met before your train will be allowed to run the SSP rails.  Whether or not equipment not covered by these practices or special circumstances equipment rolls on the rails will be at the discretion of the Trainmaster.

    1. All equipment must be certified: to be certified:

    A. All equipment must be marked on the bottom with the members color code.  Should you not have a color code please contact the trainmaster.
    B. All wheels must be metal, meet N.M.R.A. standards for gauge and flange depth. And be free rolling.  Intermountain and Northwest Shortline are highly recommended.  Kadee are acceptable.
    C. All equipment must have Kadee couplers set to proper height standards both for knuckle and trip pin.
    D. All couples must be body mounted with boxes being securely held in place. 
    E. All cars must be properly weighted to minimum N.M.R.A standards.
    (1/2 oz. Of weigh for every inch of car length plus 1oz).

    1. A drawbar between dedicated locomotives is allowed.
    2. Members are required to provide their on radios for operations.
    3. All locomotives are required to have DCC decoders.
    4. All members must have their own thottle to operate on the layout effective 7/1/08.


    A model is only allowed two mishaps during an operating session.  A third mishap will be caused for offending piece to be removed from the railroad.  The model will not be allowed back on the layout until the problem has been fixed and re-certified by the Trainmaster.  Too many mishaps by the same model will cause it to be banned from the layout.


    When do I get keys? By agreement with the Park District only ten members are allowed to have keys to the facility.  These are the SSRHS Trustee’s; a Trustee is elected for a term of 1 year and holds an office.

    Are lockers available? If there are some lockers still available you will need to check with an SSRHS officer concerning present availability.

    How do I get a name badge?  One will be provided for you upon acceptance as a regular member.
    Where can I get good prices on decoders, couplers, metal wheels etc?  One of the benefits of membership is that you will be able to buy this directly from the society at a discount.  Please contact the Treasure for more information.

    For a PDF of the Application please click here.

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