Founded in 1985 to preserve the heritage of American railroading, the Historical Railroad Society is located at the old Santa Clara Depot, near across the street from Santa Clara University.
From the Web Site: The South Bay Historical Railroad Society (SBHRS) was incorporated in 1985 to preserve the local area railroad heritage while running a working museum to benefit the community. Our members are volunteers and work on the renovation and preservation of the Santa Clara Railroad Depot, the Santa Clara Tower and the two maintenance-of-way buildings. A large and varied collection of historic railroad artifacts are on display in the Edward Peterman Museum of Railroad History located in the Depot. Within the Depot are two operational HO and N scale model railroad layout displays depicting various railroad eras and operations venues. Constant work by out members on these layouts provide an ever changing panorama, giving out visitors and members a better understanding of the different aspects of model railroading.