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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One of the highlights of a visit to Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is a guided walking tour of the Park's authentic, working railroad roundhouse.


Weekday Tour Schedule:

10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday Tour Schedule:

Times vary. Call to confirm.

We recommend that visitors come early and take a tour prior to their train departure. After the 3:00 pm train ride, on steam operating days, visitors can enjoy the opportunity to gather by the historic turntable and view the locomotive being put back in the roundhouse.


Guests experience the locomotive repair area and view historic locomotives and cars in storage or undergoing repairs. Your tour guide explains the history of the facility and how repairs were accomplished.

Another highlight of the Roundhouse 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.


Tour availability is subject to change due to staff availability, weather conditions and special events. Weekday tours vary, call ahead for today’s guided tour schedule: (209) 984-3953.

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