Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

Home to the Historic Jamestown Shops and Roundhouse

Hours of Operation

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

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

Trains operate every Saturday and Sunday from April-October, hourly from 11-3 p.m.

Special holiday trains run in November and December.

Railtown 1897 SHP
PO Box 1250 / 18115 5th Avenue
Jamestown, CA 95327
(209) 984-3953

   Weekly Behind the Scenes Shop Tours

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   Wildflower Trains-April 12 & 19

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Events and Exhibits

Ongoing Tuesdays - 10am-noon - Behind-the-Scenes Shop Tours

Due to their popularity, weekly Behind-the-Scenes Shop Tours of Railtown 1897 State Historic Park are now available on Tuesday mornings on an ongoing basis! This is your chance to get an up-close look at routine maintenance and specialized work happening on current projects in the historic Roundhouse as well as in the Tri-Dam shop (a Cold War-era machine shop used to repair, replace or service parts for operating equipment, cars, steam and diesel locomotives). Keep in mind, parts for steam engines -- and sometimes vintage diesel locomotives -- cannot be purchased and must be manufactured on-site making Railtown 1897 SHP one of the most accessible places around to watch this specialized work being performed. After a brief slide show, a knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteer host will guide visitors to the historic shops to meet and ask questions of skilled paid and volunteer staff who are actively working on projects and activities that keep the historic shops alive. Mark your calendar to spend your Tuesday mornings joining the Shop Tours and watching this important work get done!


Wildflower Trains - April 12th & 19th 

Special afternoon Wildflower Train departs at 4:30 p.m. from the Railtown 1897 Depot on these two Saturdays only. Prior to boarding the train, passengers will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with wildflowers of the Sierra Nevada foothills. Once aboard the train, Naturalists will answer questions and point out wildflower groupings along the way. Guests take away wildflower seeds to spread at home. Train capacity is limited, and reservations are suggested. Regular steam-powered excursion trains also depart on-the-hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this day.


National Train Day - May 10th
Join us to celebrate National Train Day- an annual celebration of all things trains.  We’ll have lots going on in and around the roundhouse, including speeder demonstrations, equipment that is seldom seen, and the belt-driven machine shop in operation.  


Mother’s Day - May 11th
Bring a picnic, and enjoy a relaxing Mother’s Day at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. Special treats for moms aboard regular steam-powered excursion trains when accompanied by a child. Trains depart on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Memorial Day Weekend - May 24th, 25th & 26th  
Regular excursion trains depart Saturday, Sunday, and Monday over the holiday weekend, on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. all three days.  


Singing Rails Railroad Music Event - June 7th
As long as there have been trains, there have been train songs to sing. An important part of the American Railroad experience, this type of folk music was created and performed by railroad workers, and the communities they lived. Join us for a music contest during the day, followed by an evening concert.


Father’s Day - June 15th
Father’s Day at Railtown! Bring a picnic, and enjoy a relaxing Father’s Day at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. Special treats for dads aboard regular excursion trains when accompanied by a child. Trains depart on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Wednesday Diesel Days Wednesdays from July 9th- August 27th  
Spend time with family and friends at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park while you ride, tour, and experience steam trains, authentic railroad facilities, live music, and Hollywood film and television heritage—things uniquely American!  


Rods to Rails - July 26th
Join us for the 2nd Annual Rods to Rails Car Show as Hot Rods take over the streets of Jamestown, and classic cars are on display on our shaded lawn. Sponsored by the Promotion Club of Jamestown.


Labor Day Weekend - September August 30th, 31st and September 1st
Regular excursion train rides depart Saturday, Sunday, and Monday over the holiday weekend. 


For more information on any of the listed events, please call (209) 984-3953.