The Griffith Park & Southern Railroad has operated almost continuously since 1948. GP&S Railroad, 4400 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles (near Los Feliz and Riverside) and Travel Town Railroad, 5200 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, Forest Lawn exit from the 134 Fwy.) are open 364 days a year, closing only on Christmas Day.
If your kids are Thomas the Tank Engine fans, then this is a no-brainer half day excursion. We visited GP&S over a Memorial Day weekend and the kids could not get enough of the 1 mile mini-train ride, traveling over 2 bridges, a tunnel and a mini-Western town.
Travel Town is a 3/8ths of a mile track that does 2 loops, so you do get 1/4 of a mile more ride for your money on the GP&S track. Both rides are $2.75 per person as of September 2013 ($2.25 for seniors over age 65). GP&S also has a simulator ride, pony rides and concession stands. Travel Town also has a railroad equipment history museum as well as dozens of old-time railroad locomotive and cars.
For more information, visit www.gprah.com or call 323.664.6903 (GP&S) or 323.662.9678.
Pics and vid from a trip to Travel Town in April 2011