Railtown 1897 State Historic Park


Home to the Historic Jamestown Shops and Roundhouse

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
Weekends through October
10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Ride behind a historic steam or diesel locomotive on a train trip through California's scenic Gold Country! Your 6-mile, 45-minute round-trip train ride will take you past the water tower from "Petticoat Junction," and transport you from the backyards of Jamestown to the rugged hillsides of California's Mother Lode country.

 

Diesel Train Rides/Story Time/Junior Rangers
Wednesdays: July-August
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 aged 7-12, Jr. Rangers is also offered at noon.

 

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 13
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.