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, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm & 3:00pm

Special holiday trains run in December.

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

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Behind-the-Scene Tours
Every 2nd Tuesday of the month, April through October

Tours start at 10:00 am. Encouraged to ask questions, interested Park visitors can peek in the Roundhouse to watch the work being done during the Shop Tours.  The historic Sierra No. 28 locomotive has been completely dis-assembled, corroded areas of the boiler have been replaced with new material, and the crew has been busy at work replacing over 400 staybolts.  This marks a turning point in the project, as Railtown 1897 SHP staff will soon begin the re-assembly.  When the staybolts have been completed, installation will begin with new tubes in the boiler.  In addition to the Shop Tours, those interested can follow along on the repair progress on Railtown 1897 SHP’s blog at www.railtown1897.wordpress.com. Once repairs are completedl, Sierra No. 28 is expected to return to service. 
The cost for the unique Shop Tours experience is included with Park admission. Railtown 1897 SHP admission costs are as follows:  $5 for adults, $3 for youths ages 6-17 and free for children five and under.  More information about the Shop Tours, Sierra No. 28 or Railtown 1897 SHP is available by calling 209-984-3953 or visiting www.railtown1897.org.

 

Excursion Train Rides
Begins April 2 & 3
10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Opening weekend for the regular train operating season.  Grand opening festivities with the No. 3 steam engine operating both days.  Arrive at 7:00 a.m. and watch the crew prepare the train for the day in the historic roundhouse. 

 

Sierra Railway Book Signing
April 2
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Special guest and author Stephen D. Mikesell will be on hand to sign copies of his book Images of Rail: Sierra Railway as part of the opening weekend of excursion train rides!

 

Wildflower Trains
April 9 & 16
2:30 p.m.
Special afternoon Wildflower Train departs at 3:00 p.m. after a short video presentation at 2:30 p.m., on these two Saturdays only.  Prior to boarding, passengers will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the wildflowers of the Sierra Nevada foothills.  Once on board the train, naturalists will answer questions and point out wildflower displays along the way.

 

Memorial Day Weekend
May 28 - 30
Regular excursion trains depart Saturday, Sunday and Monday over the holiday weekend.  Steam operations on Saturday and Sunday, diesel on Monday.  Also enjoy the opening weekend of In Train View, a Railtown 1897 SHP photographic exhibit by the Sonora Photo Club in the Carriage Room.  This exhibit will continue through Labor Day. 

 

Diesel Train Rides/Story Time/Junior Rangers
Wednesdays July 6 - August 31
Enjoy mid-week train rides Wednesdays only during July and August with departures at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The popular Story Time in the caboose returns with readings at noon. For visitors ages 7-12, Jr. Rangers is also offered at noon

 

Rods to Rails
July 30
Classic cars on display, sponsored by the Promotion Club of Jamestown

 

Working on the Railroad- A Celebration of Sierra Railway Workers
September 17
Join us and celebrate the workers who built, maintained, and operated the Sierra Railway. Take a behind the scenes tour of the historic shops and roundhouse.

 

Apple Harvest Train
October 8
Agriculture and the Sierra Railway freight service are long time partners. The Sierra Railway transported apples and other fruit, livestock and lumber. Come celebrate the history on Apple Harvest Day.

 

Tales of the Roundhouse
October 22
Evening tours of the roundhouse by lantern-light. Real-life & death stories of the railroad lives lost, why brakemen had the most dangerous job on the railroad, train wreck and more. Ticket prices coming soon.

 

Polar Express Train Ride Ticket Sales
October 6
General public ticket sales

 

Harvest Haunt Express
October 15 & 16, 22 &23, 29 & 30
The family-friendly Harvest Haunt Express celebrates the season with a "skeleton crew". Riders are encouraged to dress according to weekly themes.

Veteran's Day Trains
November 11
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Celebrate Veteran's Day with a train ride behind an ex-military diesel locomotive with crew members who are veterans. Veterans ride free.

 

Polar Express Train Ride
December 2-4, 9-11, 16-18
Relive the magical journey of the Polar Express on an hour-long train ride to the North Pole. Enjoy hot-hot-hot chocolate and yummy cookies as you ride along with many of the story's characters. When you reach the North Pole, the jolly old elf - Santa himself - will come on board to give each passenger a silver sleigh bell, "the first gift of Christmas". Tickets go on sale October 6th, 2016.

 

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