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The historic Goleta Depot, originally served the Southern Pacific railway and was built in 1901. It looks like so many other SP depots found throughout the west painted yellow with brown trim. The last passenger train (before Amtrak restored service in 1998) left town was in 1965 and was boarded up by the railway in 1973. Locals managed to rally and save the depot and in 1981 it was moved from the end of Depot Street on the edge of downtown Goleta to Lake Los Cameros County Park where it exists today as the South Coast Railroad Museum. Todays location, as the crow flies very close to today's Amtrak station but the freeway of US-101 gets in the way so it is actually a relatively long 2½ mile walk. The depot has standard heritage wooden Goleta signs and other historic ones outside for Wells Fargo Express and Western Union telegraph. Two railroad tracks set the scene outside the depot and situated here is an old Southern Pacific caboose #4023.
All Photos take on 15 April, 2006 (in a visit by car)

Historic 1901 SP Station|1998 Amtrak Station
Looking down the replica platform, and freight platform beyond
A more recent sign above the former door for the waiting room
The overgrown decorative tracks switch and end
A signal and Goleta sign
The caboose
Caboose #4023
The caboose and depot beyond
Sign 363 6/10 miles to San Francisco at 37 feet
The signals and depot
Southern Pacific Rail Road Crossing sign
Historic 1901 SP Station|1998 Amtrak Station
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