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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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  • Old Poway park with its gazebo, old fashioned train and station and Temples Hall, is a great adventure for all ages. They tent out the gazebo and Temples Hall for any occasion you might have. It's als...  more »
  • This place is an all time favorite, you can take the kids on a train ride, picnic in the park. Catch polliwogs in the creek, just watch out for the craw-daddies. There is an ole time museum, can even ...  more »
  • It was a wonderful visit to see the Old Poway Village. The place is beautifully maintained and well manicured. The old world charm is vibrant. Colorful houses and old word shops. The old rail road is ...  more »
  • 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.