Privacy Policy

San Diego Electric Railway Association, Inc. (d.b.a. National City Depot Museum -- also known as SDERA), knows that you care how information about you is used and shared, and we appreciate your trust and want you to feel confident in our services and security as it relates to your personal information. This notice describes our privacy policy. By visiting, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy.

What Personal Information About Members and Visitors Does SDERA gather?

The information we learn from members and visitors helps us personalize and continually improve your experience at our website. Here are the types of information we gather:

  • Information You Give Us:We receive and store any information you enter on our Web site or give us in any other way. You can choose not to provide certain information, but then you might not be able to take advantage of many of our features. For financial transactions, we use tools provided to us by third-party vendors (Square, Inc. and PayPal) to process these transactions. We retain no data from these transactions. Information given within our internal areas (protected by password) is of specific use and does not contain ANY financial information.
  • Automatic Information:We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with our website. For example, like many web sites, we sometimes use "cookies," (usually in our non-public areas) and we obtain certain types of information when your Web browser accesses our website.

What About Cookies?

Cookies are alphanumeric identifier text files that we transfer to your computers hard drive through your Web browser to enable our systems to recognize your browser and to provide features such as storage of information during a visit. Cookies used by are set to automatically expire within a few hours of the end of a visit or immediately upon doing a "Log Out". Again, this is typically used for accessing our internal applications.

Does Share the Information It Receives?

We respect your privacy. we do not provide your contact information to any third party vendor, associate or service provider. Additionally, specific membership information is only shared with those with a very specific and appropriate need AND only with your direct approval.

How Secure Is Information About Me?

Any member information is stored in a database this is stored on an internal server at a secure site. Information specific to members is available only to San Diego Electric Railway Association, Inc (d.b.a. National City Depot Museum) staff with a specific and appropriate need and is secured by password access in non-public areas. We maintain a mailing list for outreach and marketing purposes that contains mailing and emailing information - typically for newsletter exchanges and courtesy information about events. We store no information about general visitors to the site.

What About My Financial Information?

We do not store any financial information about members. For Credit Card / PayPal transactions, information is processed though either Square, Inc or PayPal. Contact those providers directly for specific privacy concerns. Use caution when providing your banking / credit information on ANY website since your browser (Edge, Chrome, Frirefox, Safari, etc) may store information "to make transactions easier." If you are concerned about maintaining strict privacy, decline to store your information using your browser. This is a function of the individual browser on your computer, not our website.

Which Information Can I Access?

SDERA has not begun to offer member access to information at this time. No other information is given without permission.

E-Mail Addresses Used on

One technique by bulk mailers is to use "web spiders" to search websites for e-mail addresses. uses a special technique to store addresses in a form that is not easy to identify. If you have questions about this technique, please contact the Webmaster.

Terms of Use, Notices, and Revisions

If you choose to visit, your visit and any dispute over privacy is subject to this Notice and our Terms of Use, including limitations on damages, arbitration of disputes, and application of the law of the State of California. If you have any concern about privacy of your personal information as used and collected within our website, please send us a thorough description by clicking on the "About Us" link in the upper menu, and we will try to resolve it.

Our organization changes constantly, and our Privacy Notice and the Terms of Use will change also. Unless stated otherwise, our current Privacy Notice applies to all information that we have about you and your account. We stand behind the promises we make, however, and will never materially change our policies and practices to make them less protective of customer information collected in the past without the consent of affected members.

Automatic Information

For security purposes sometimes collects and analyzes the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet, and to our website. While in our public areas (not protected by a password), this information does not contain information that would be able to identify an individual user. This is limited to browser type, region, and operating system. Users using the login page will have data recorded to identify your system in the event of unauthorized attempts to access this system.


Questions regarding our Terms of Usage, Privacy Policy, or other policy related material can be directed to our Webmaster clicking at .