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. Tour frequency is typically hourly between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. during the busy summer months; for the balance of the year, tour frequency depends upon the availability of volunteer Tour Guides. Tour availability is subject to change due to staff availability, weather conditions and special events. Call ahead for today’s guided tour schedule: (209) 984-3953.
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 fake "rocks," background scenery, and numerous small-town station signs.