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TRACKING LOCAL HISTORY DEPOT OFFERS NEW DISPLAYS.

Byline: Daily News

SIMI VALLEY -- The 1903 Santa Susana Railroad Depot has a new Web site and displays to help people understand what these old train stations meant to people of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The depot, at 6503 Katherine Road, is open to visitors Saturdays and Sundays between 1 and 4 p.m. along the railroad tracks in Santa Susana Park.

One portion of the building features a model of the Southern Pacific Railroad line from Burbank to Port Hueneme, along which the depot that used to sit at Los Angeles Avenue and Tapo Street. It was moved to Santa Susana Park in the 1970s.

The depot and park are owned by the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District and offer visitors a place to hold family picnics and meetings and to examine the displays and artifacts inside.

Model railroad equipment and supplies will be available at two railroad swap meets scheduled at the park Aug. 26 and Oct. 28 from 7 to 11 a.m.

The Rancho Simi Foundation and the Santa Susana Railroad Historical Society have new Web sites related to the depot at www.santasusanadepot.org and www.cafepress.com/ssrhs.

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(1 -- color) Jim Escalante, left, and Tom Bergh are working on making the depot, located in Santa Susana Park, a haven for railroad enthusiasts.

(2 -- 4 -- color) At far left, a model railroad club from Burbank to Port Hueneme has its display at the Santa Susana Depot. At left, Tom Bergh holds an example of an order board signal used to notify train personnel of a job order. Above, many telegrams were dispatched from and within the depot many years back.

(5 -- color) Vintage Lionel trains donated by a private party can be viewed in the Santa Susana Railroad Depot. The 1903 depot features displays to explain what these old train stations meant to people of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

(6 -- color) Jim Escalante operates the interactive railroad crossing signal at the Santa Susana Railroad Depot, which takes visitors back to a time when depots were crucial to towns.

Joe Binoya/Special to the Daily News
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Date:Jun 4, 2006
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