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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Self-guided walking tours of the grounds at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park provide an overview of the Historic Jamestown Shops and Roundhouse complex. Complimentary self-guided tour maps are available at the Railtown Depot Store.


Several points of interest are called out, including an overview of the compressed air-powered turntable and locations where guests can look into the Shops and Roundhouse. Please note that, for safety reasons, access to portions of the Shops and Roundhouse is available only during Guided Roundhouse Tours. Please do not climb on the locomotives and railroad cars displayed, for your safety and for the protection of these artifacts. Certain areas of the Park grounds are off-limits to the public at all times.


Another highlight of a self-guided tour is the opportunity to view movie props and other artifacts used in the production of feature films, TV shows, and commercials. One of the most popular of these is the mock-up of an 1880s railroad caboose used in filming for "Back to the Future III." Other items of interest include background scenery and numerous small-town station signs.


Railtown 1897 SHP Brochure