Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

Home to the Historic Jamestown Shops and Roundhouse

Behind-the-Scene Tours - Every 2nd Tuesday of the month
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 completed, this fall, Sierra No. 28 is expected to return to service at the Park in March of 2016. 


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.


Wednesday Diesel Train Rides - July 1 - August 26
Enjoy mid-week train rides Wednesday's only during July and August. Trains depart at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Purchase Tickets Now


Story Time in the Caboose - July 1 - August 26 (WEDNESDAY'S ONLY)
Volunteers will read a story in the Caboose at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Labor Day Weekend - September 5 - 7
Regular excursion train rides depart Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Steam operations on Saturday and Sunday, diesel locomotive on Monday. 


Working on the Railroad - A Celebration of Sierra Railway Workers - September 19
Public reunion to celebrate all the workers who built, maintained and operated the Sierra Railway.  This special event will include behind-the-scenes tour of the Historic Shops and Roundhouse.  The "Memory Wall" will be available to post stories and photographs of past railroad workers and will become part of the permanent Park collection. 


Apple Harvest Train Ride Event - October 3
Agriculture and Sierra Railway Freight  are longtime partners, from fruit to livestock to lumber.  Celebrate the history of the Apple Harvest. 


Harvest Haunt Express - October 17 - 18, 24 - 25, 31 - Nov. 1
The family-friendly Harvest Haunt Express celebrates the harvest with a "skeleton crew".  Riders are encouraged to dress according to weekly themes:
October 17 - 18 -- Superheroes & Villains
October 24 - 25 -- Pirates & Princess
October 31 - Nov 1 -- Witches & Wizards


Veteran's Day Trains - November 11
Train Ride departures at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Celebrate Veteran's Day with a train ride behind an ex-military diesel locomotive and with crew members who are veterans.


THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride -December 4-6, 11-13, 18-20
4:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m. &  7:30 p.m.
Relive the magical journey of THE POLAR EXPRESS on an hour-long train ride to the North Pole.




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