Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

Home to the Historic Jamestown Shops and Roundhouse

Hours of Operation

Open Daily (April-October, 9:30am-4:30pm; November-March, 10am-3pm)

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Trains operate every Saturday and Sunday from April-October, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm & 3:00pm

Special holiday trains run in December.

Railtown 1897 SHP
PO Box 1250 / 10501 Reservoir Road
Jamestown, CA 95327
(209) 984-3953

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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.


Veteran's Day Trains - November 11
Train Ride departures at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
To honor their service and celebrate the patriotic holiday, Railtown is proud to offer veterans and active military personnel with complimentary excursion train ride plus complimentary Park admission on Wednesday, November 11, 2015.  Veteran and active military personnel are encouraged to wear their uniforms with pride while enjoying a special excursion train ride behind diesel locomotive No. 1265, a 1952 former Army diesel which last served at the Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant.  The special diesel locomotive will be operated by a number of crew members who are also military veterans.  Excursion train rides are available at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  You can purchase tickets at the Ticket Office. 


Veterans and active military personnel must show their current military ID or proof of discharge under conditions other than dishonorable or bad conduct. 


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.