Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

Home to the Historic Jamestown Shops and Roundhouse

Hours of Operation

Open Daily (November-March, 10:00am-3:00pm; April-October, 9:30am-4:30pm)

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Trains operate every Saturday and Sunday from April-September, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm & 3:00pm

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride trains run in December, click here for more details.

Railtown 1897 SHP
PO Box 1250 / 10501 Reservoir Road
Jamestown, CA 95327
(209) 984-3953

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Member Advance Ticket Sales


A limited number of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride tickets will be available to members of Railtown 1897 State Historic Park and the California State Railroad Museum.  Member Advance Ticket Sales dates are October 10-11, 2017 starting at 9:00am and ending at midnight each day.  Members are eligible to purchase a maximum of up to 8 tickets or 2 tables of four during Member Advance Ticket Sales.  On October 12, the remaining tickets go on sale to the general public with no ticket limit.  


October 10 - First Day of Sales for:
All levels of Railtown members and all levels of Transcontinental Railroad Club Members (Spikes)


October 11 - First Day of Sales for:
All levels of California State Railroad Museum members


October 12 - First Day of Sales for:
The General Public 


 Member Advance Ticket Sales Policies

  • Two days are set aside to allow members of Railtown and the California State Railroad Museum to purchase THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride tickets in advance of the general public.
  • Members are NOT guaranteed to get tickets during Member Advance Ticket Sales, merely the opportunity to try to purchase tickets in advance of the general public.
  • New, renewing or upgrading memberships must be active and current by September 5, 2017 to participate in Member Advance Ticket Sales.
  • Members must have their membership ID number when ordering tickets.
  • Tickets may only be purchased online through this website.
  • Members may only purchase up to 8 individual tickets or 2 tables of four per membership ID number during Member Advance Ticket Sales.
  • Member Advance Ticket Sales begin at 9:00am and end at midnight each day, October 10-11.


Ticket Exchange and Refund Policies

  • Full refunds will be given for requests submitted within 48 hours of purchase.
  • A $10 per ticket fee will be charged for refunds or exchanges submitted up to 2 weeks prior to departure.
  • No refunds or exchanges will be given for requests made less than 2 weeks prior to departure.  
  • Purchasers who wish to donate unused tickets back to the nonprofit CSRM Foundation will be given a tax letter of donation for the full amount of the tickets.
  • Exchange requests will be accepted 48 hours after purchase.
  • Exchanges are based on availability and will be processed after October 15, 2017.
  • Only one exchange per ticket will be allowed.
  • Exchange or refund requests should be submitted to THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride -Jamestown Hotline 209-984-3407, and should include: date and time of train ride, car selection, number of tickets, purchaser's name, confirmation number and a contact phone number.

General Ticket Policies

  • There is a $6 per ticket or $24 per table service fee which is applied upon purchase checkout.
  • All tickets will be held at Will Call and will be available ONLY on the day of the ride.
  • Tickets will be listed under the name of the purchasing party, however, they may designate another person to pick up tickets.
  • Ticket resale is not permitted and is unlawful.
  • Our policy strictly prohibits the resale or attempted resale of any tickets for THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride for personal profit.  Additionally, the use of public advertising - such as but not limited to eBay and Craig's List - to resell tickets is not permitted. Either action will result in the immediate cancellation of the tickets and membership.



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