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Old Poway Park, Poway

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The Poway–Midland Railroad is a heritage railroad located in Old Poway Park in Poway, California.The group "Poway–Midland Railroad Volunteers, Inc." operates the railroad and was founded in 1991 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration, operation and maintenance of antique railroad equipment.Excursions are run each weekend (the 1st and 3rd weekends of each month using a 1907 Baldwin 0-4-0 steam locomotive, except in January or February ). The line has 11 total pieces of railroad equipment. This operation is unusual in that it has a track gauge of narrow gauge.The Poway–Midland Railroad is owned by the City of Poway and operated and maintained by the Poway–Midland Railroad Volunteers, Inc.Preserved equipment1894 Los Angeles Trolley Car1907 Baldwin Steam Locomotive1956 Fairmont Speeder1906 San Francisco Cable CarHistoric timelineMay 1991 - Initial organization meetingNov 1991 - Incorporation of the PMRR VolunteersSep 1991 - Box car arrives on siteApr 1993 - Trolley arrives on siteJun 1993 - Track work completedJul 4 1993 - Old Poway Park dedicationJul 4 1993 - First passenger carried behind speederSep 1994 - First locomotive passenger runJul 1996 - Record passenger haul (2,500)Jan 1997 - First woman fireman qualifiedOct 1997 - San Francisco Cable Car arrivesJul 4 2002 - Turntable dedicatedOct 2004 - Barn expansion dedicatedOct 2009 - Depot dedicated (new ticket office, train shop, and museum)
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  • This park captures both the beauty and the peace of Poway California, "The City in the Country." With farmers' markets every Saturday, the museum and train rides every weekend, and band concerts in th...  more »
  • Great hidden gem nearby. Love the variety as well as the park. There is a trolley car ride as well as a few train cars on display Great day out with the. Family. I have also been there for a wedding. ...  more »
  • We went on the third saturday in september as it appeared more things were happening then. The vintage train ride on the Poway-Midland Railroad was a trip on a converted San Francisco cable car. The s...  more »
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  • Excellent park for families. There are several great buildings and picnic areas that can be reserved for parties and events. The Saturday Farmer's Market is one of the better (and bigger) ones around, with vendors selling produce, meat, various sauces, etc. There have also been more food booths recently. Kids love to ride on the Poway Railroad, especially the Steam Locomotive and restored San Francisco cable car.
  • Beautiful location to spend time with family. It's also a great spot for photos.
  • Great for portrait photography. Always a several groups there taking photos.
  • I love this little park. Been going here for photoshoots for years now. There is a train that runs on the weekends and a large grassy area. The Hamburger Factory is basically in the park and has very good food. The park is also filled with pokestops and Ingress portals. Great little place with a vintage look and feel.
  • Love the Poway Farmers Market. The museum is nice and the park is family friendly. Great place to hang out with coffee on a Saturday morning.