Welcome to the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation

We appreciate your interest and support of the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation. A foundation such as LARHF is only as strong as its supporters; individuals coming together and working actively to pursue its goals, which are defined through our Mission Statement:

  • To dramatically demonstrate how the railroads, interurban and light rail service helped change a remote region of the United States into a rich world center of population, commerce and industry.

  • To portray the railroads that brought hopeful and energetic people to this basin of unlimited land and sunshine; that brought the raw materials for industrial development and continues to carry the product of commerce and industry for distribution throughout the world.

  • To demonstrate how the early public rail transportation enabled the population to live in the suburbs of greater Los Angeles with easy access to the city and continues today to create and build contemporary rail systems to ease transportation.



Public Outreach: LARHF’s historical photo archive and collection of railroad models provides the content for its ten “public outreach” satellites. It organizes annual field trips, special presentations and Boy Scout Railroading Merit Badge classes.  See LARHF Exhibits

Archival Preservation:The LARHF Library, Archive and Memorobilia Collection provide researchers and visitors with information about the railroads in the greater Los ANgeles Basin and the Western United States.

Multiple-media Publishing: LARHF publishes books, with unique subject material, selected for a wide marketing appeal to the railroad community and beyond.

We welcome your support. Whether you choose to join our supporters, contribute historical information to our efforts, or make a gift to the Foundation, we value and appreciate your support.

If you would like to join LARHF, we offer the following levels of support for your consideration. Support is annual and may be tax deductible (please consult your advisor). Each level comes with a support pin and card, an annual subscription of our Foundation publications, and priority availability to our various events held throughout the year.


Annual Donation
Benefits include a LARHF commemorative pin, card and newsletter/archive journal (in digital format only), early announcement of LARHF's Urban Archeology adventures and access to a supporter's only website.

Annual Support benefits plus a choice of one 8.5 x 11 archive print from LARHF's extensive photo collection

Annual Support benefits plus a choice of two 8.5 x 11 archive print from LARHF's extensive photo collection

Annual Support benefits plus a choice of an 8.5 x 11 and a matted 11 x 14 archive print from LARHF's extensive photo collection plus invitations to special events and free admission to presentations.

Patron benefits plus access to LARHF's Benefactor's only website, gift of LARHF's current published book (autographed by its author) and an invitation to its once a year VIP rail adventure.


                                            If you prefer to join via U.S. postal mail,                                                    please click here to download a copy of our Support Application.

The Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.