Mission & Leadership
The Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation diligently preserves and dynamically presents rail history with a focus on the Los Angeles Basin!
Founded in 1999 by Josef Lesser and Ron Gustafson, the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation (LARHF) preserves, shares, and celebrates the history of railroading throughout the Los Angeles and Southern California.
We do this with satellite exhibits across the Southland, by sharing our archive of historic photography and memorabilia, by hosting member field trips and special events, by holding Scouting classes on railroad safety, and with our book publishing series. We employ our resources and expertise to support media, researchers, authors, heritage groups, and local communities.
As of June 2023, LARHF's prestigious collection of rail ephemera, models, photographs, library and more are now housed and on display at the Southern California Railway Museum in Perris, CA.
The Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation is a non-profit educational corporation chartered in the State of California in 1999 as a California Corporation numbered C2104684. The corporation is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation maintains offices at 825 Colorado Blvd. Suite 242, Los Angeles, California, 90041.
Ronald R. Gustafson
Chief Operations Officer
Jo Ann Lesser
Special Projects Manager
Robert De Pietro
Stephen J. Skahen
Josef K. Lesser