The San Diego Electric Railway Association (SDERA) is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the San Diego Electric Railway - San Diego's primary streetcar system which operated from the late 1800s to 1949. SDERA is also the operator of the National City Depot, an historic Santa Fe railroad station. We operate a streetcar and railroad history museum within the depot, and the depot is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. An O-Scale model railroad exhibit, operated by our 3-Rail group, is also included in the museum displays. All train buffs, local historians, and people looking for an interesting "day out" in the San Diego area are encouraged to visit the depot, join with us, and help us grow into a major destination within San Diego County.
The National City Depot Museum continues to grow. With the addition of San Diego Trolley Car 1002, our collection now spans 1890 to 2015! To continue to grow, we need your help - both in the form of donations and volunteer work. The preservation of San Diego history covers so many areas but trains and streetcars seem to have a special place in our volunteers' hearts. Learning the story and being able to share it with others seems to make it so much more real!