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We, the directors and volunteers of the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, grieve the passing of DEA Group Supervisor Michael Garbo in the line of duty outside our museum.  Our prayers are also with the two other officers who were wounded, for an uneventful recovery at the hospital. We are saddened that this violence continues on trains from the many past years of history here and elsewhere.

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Welcome to Our 16th Anniversary of


See below for new Tucson-Phoenix rail links




Thursday, Nov 25-Closed for Thanksgiving
Friday, Nov 26- closed
Saturday, Nov. 27 open 10:00AM-2:00PM (half day)
Sunday, Nov. 28 open 11:00AM-3:00PM
Tuesday, Nov 30 open 10:00AM-2:00PM
Friday, 12-24, Christmas Eve 10:00AM-2:00PM (half day)
Saturday, Dec. 25 closed for Christmas
Sunday, Dec 26 open 11:00AM-3:00PM
Tuesday, Dec 28 open 10:00AM-2:00PM
Friday, Dec 31, New Year’s Eve 10:00AM-2:00PM (half day)
Saturday Jan 1 Closed for New Year’s Day
Sunday Jan 2 Closed


 Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays. Sundays

      11:00-2:00    10:00-4:00    10:00-4:00       11:00-3:00


Admission is FREE
 We are bilingual 


December 18, 10AM – 3PM

Engine 1673 is dressed up and waiting

Also, our sister museum, the


Within the past month or so,
with the reduction in the number of Covid19 cases,
the OPT Transit Museum at S. 4 th and E. 36 th Streets
has reopened to the public.
Initially hours have been reduced.

  • The Transit Museum hours are
    Mon., Wed. and Sat. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Gadsden-Pacific Division
Toy Train Operating Museum
Grand Re-Opening Starting

Sunday Sept 5, we will be open every Sunday afternoon 1-4 pm

our Swap meet will be Saturday, November 13  at our museum location

links to GPD activities here

For more information, click here

* * * Also, you can now * * *
See Us From Anywhere

We are now on Virtual Railfan
With a YouTube address

The Camera is on 24 hours
Showing UP Mainline,
Engine 1673,
and Doc and Wyatt

In the last month we had ~300 viewers,
one of the favorite sites.

Amtrak Schedule is
# 1,21, west: Tu, Th, Sn 6:45-7:36 PM
# 2,22, east: Mo, Th, St 7:28-8:15 AM

To See Where Trains are now, go to

Rescheduling the Silver Spike-Train Day celebration we’ll try for 2021
Feel free to visit Engine 1673
anytime you want,
so she won’t be lonesome out there.


Follow the Epes Randolph Facebook page , and satm1673 on Instagram for fun and fascinating photos and tales of Tucson history!
You can now donate, join, and renew on this site
push the button for the donation page

We also have a new brick donation form
Press the donate button above for illustration and form
Leave a lasting legacy on display

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to be next year
HOWEVER, you can see prior celebrations
and other museum videos HERE

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The Big Boy 4014 has come and gone
leaving many memories and photos
send your photos and movies to us at

For better memories, buy the shirt

Arizona Daily Star’s Road Runner column features
SATM, Ken Karrels, and All Aboard Arizona Rail Passenger Association
discussing rail passenger service between Tucson and Phoenix.

Thanks, Joe Ferguson

Read about it HERE.

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All Aboard Arizona – Rail Passenger Association

Tucson-Phoenix Commuter Service

in Road Runner here 

New links July 2021

Local mayors support Amtrak proposal for a passenger rail connecting Tucson and Phoenix
Tucson Weekly
Amtrak hosts roundtable to discuss passenger rail service-KVOA

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   see our new display cases and displays

Our current special exhibit:

Dinner in the Diner

Featuring original china and silver service
from the named first class Pullman trains.

   The Southern Arizona Transportation Museum

is proud to carry David Devine’s new book

Historic Tales of Territorial Tucson,

Did you know as early as 1871 Tucson was predicted to become “a railroad center” for the Southwest? That twenty-years later, a 400-foot-long sea serpent speaking perfect English visited the remote community? That in the 1890s, Tucson hosted a few round-the-world bicyclists, one of them a woman? These and other interesting but little-known stories of the small settlement on the banks of the Santa Cruz River are contained in a new book written by local historian David Devine

Click here for more information on this and other books
and to order this book

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We also have books by our museum historian

William Kalt III

Click on the book covers for more information

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 Please visit our friends at the

Gadsden-Pacific Division
Toy Train Operating Museum

Starting on Sunday Sept 5, we will be open every Sunday afternoon 1-4 pm

our Swap meet will be Saturday, November 13  at our museum location


links to GPD activities here

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And Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Movie “Oklahoma

Starring our Engine 1673

which was filmed in Elgin, AZ, and surrounding areas,

Read more  at this link:

The Arizona Star 10/29 “Caliente” Section

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See how to donate a car, help the museum, and the high school JTED mechanical education program: here

See more on our Facebook page, even if you are not on Facebook.

Follow us on Twitter here

NOTE NEW : Contact us at