Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

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Train Rides

Every Saturday and Sunday, April through October, ride behind a historic steam or diesel locomotive on a train trip through California's scenic Gold Country! Trains depart from the Railtown Depot on-the-hour 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Trains feature comfortable enclosed coaches, open 'mountain observation cars', our restored wooden caboose (seen in many movies and TV shows), or our opulent first class car (depending upon availability and scheduling). Regular excursion train tickets are $15 adults, $8 youths ages 6-17, children ages 5 and under ride free. Ticket prices include park admission.

Your 6-mile, 45-minute roundtrip 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. At the end of the line (Rock Spur), your train will pause as the locomotive uncouples, "runs around" your train on a side track, then re-couples to the train's opposite end for the return trip to Jamestown.

Longer, specially themed excursions operate throughout the year as well. Special excursion trains include spring Wildflower Trains. To learn more about specially themed trains, please visit our Events page.

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