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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Have you always dreamed about riding in the cab of a historic steam locomotive? Are you looking for a unique and special gift for that railroad buff in your life? Railtown 1897 State Historic Park offers a unique chance to experience being a part of a locomotive crew for a day.


Engineer and Fireman looking at signals from the Brakeman



This program provides an opportunity to learn about historic steam engines and offers hands on experience in start up procedures, taking on water, learning about regulatory safety tests and the opportunity to watch the operation of the historic No. 3 or No. 28 steam locomotives from the engine cab.


Your Day as Part of the Engine Crew


You will arrive at the roundhouse at 6:30 am and start the day with the crew. As an honorary crew member, you will participate in hostling the locomotive, including lighting the locomotive with a burning rag, lubricating, fueling, and taking on water at the historic water tank.


 Lighting the fire



Under the supervision of the qualified Railtown engine crew, you will take your place in the cab for the first run of the day, and learn what it takes to operate a historic steam locomotive.

 Sierra No. 3 Steam Locomotive chugs through the Sierra Nevada foothills


Become a member of the fire crew, tailing the steam engine in a vintage track car. End your day with a ride as a passenger or enjoy a roundhouse tour. 


Back at the station, you will receive your Engine Crew for a Day Certificate and have your photograph taken with the members of your train crew. This is truly a day you will never forget!




One person: $750

Two person party: $950


For more information on the "Crew for a Day" Program please
fill out our contact form or call 209-984-4408.