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July 2019

Wednesday Train Rides

July 24, 2019
train at junction

Railtown 1897 will offer two diesel train rides on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and noon starting June 12 through July 31, 2019. All excursion train ride passengers will be treated to a six-mile, 45-minute round trip ride along the rails of the famous “Movie Railroad,” passing through California’s scenic Gold Country where scenes from many Hollywood movies were filmed. Guests are encouraged to spend the day at Railtown 1897 SHP by touring the Park and learning more about its authentic…

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Wednesday Train Rides

July 31, 2019
train at junction

Railtown 1897 will offer two diesel train rides on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and noon starting June 12 through July 31, 2019. All excursion train ride passengers will be treated to a six-mile, 45-minute round trip ride along the rails of the famous “Movie Railroad,” passing through California’s scenic Gold Country where scenes from many Hollywood movies were filmed. Guests are encouraged to spend the day at Railtown 1897 SHP by touring the Park and learning more about its authentic…

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August 2019

Robbery on the Rails

August 31, 2019 - September 2, 2019

Join Railtown 1897 for a Robbery on the Rails theatrical steam train excursion ride experiences over the extended Labor Day Weekend, August 31 - September 2. Designed using some Hollywood-style creative license to add to the fun, four 45-minute family-friendly excursion train rides will be offered each day at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., and will be appropriately pulled by a steam locomotive” Tapping into the Wild West portrayed by the film industry, train rider will be…

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October 2019

Apple Harvest Day

October 5, 2019
green apples in a crate

Celebrate Apple Harvest Day at Railtown 1897 on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Apple Harvest Day celebrates the history of apple production in Tuolumne County—which dates back to the early days of the gold rush—and the Sierra Railway's part in both promoting apple cultivation and transporting the produce and products. The special event will include interpretive displays, a slide presentation on the history of Tuolumne County apples, crafts and games for kids, a free booklet on fun apple facts and trivia…

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Harvest Haunt Express

October 5, 2019 - October 27, 2019
man dressed as a pirate talking to girl in a dress

Railtown 1897 is proud to offer family-friendly "Harvest Haunt Express" train rides on all four weekends in October. With the train whimsically decorated for Halloween and staffed by a "skeleton crew," the popular train rides take place aboard an excursion train that departs at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Train ride guests are encouraged to get in the spirit and dress up according to these fun weekly themes: Critters & Creatures (October 5-6), Superheroes & Villains (October…

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Tales of the Roundhouse

October 18, 2019
ghostly figure on a train

Lantern-lit "Tales of the Roundhouse" returns with haunted tours and nighttime steam train ride on one special evening, Friday, October 18. Led by engaging and entertaining guides, "Tales of the Roundhouse" participants will hear the real life and death tales of past railroad workers and passengers who lost their lives in ghastly accidents, gruesome train wrecks and sometimes by cold-blooded murder. First introduced in 2016, "Tales of the Roundhouse" guests will have the special opportunity to tour the historic park…

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Tricks, Treats & Train Rides

October 19, 2019
four women dressed for Halloween

Tricks, Treats & Train Rides offers families a safe and fun trick or treat location and delightful, not frightful, Halloween activities. Hosted from 5 to 8 p.m., tickets include various themed candy stations (treat bag provided).  As a special treat, evening train rides are offered at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. with seating on a first come, first served basis. Please pick up your train tickets at the ticket office upon entrance. All children must be accompanied by an adult during…

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November 2019

Veteran’s Day Train Rides

November 11, 2019
three men operating a train

To honor their service and celebrate the patriotic holiday Railtown 1897 is proud to offer veterans and active military personnel with complimentary excursion train rides plus complimentary Park admission on Monday, November 11, 2019. 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…

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THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride in Jamestown, CA

November 29, 2019 - December 22, 2019

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride Member Advance Ticket Sales: October 8-10, 9 a.m. (see below) General Public Ticket Sales: October 11, 9 a.m. Relive the magical journey of THE POLAR EXPRESS on an hour-long train ride to the North Pole. Enjoy hot-hot-hot chocolate and yummy cookies as you ride along with many of the story's characters. Once you reach the North Pole, the jolly old elf - Santa himself - will come on board to give each…

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January 2020

Volunteer Open House Flyer

Railtown 1897 Seeks Interested Volunteers & Hosts Special Open House on January 18

January 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, 10501 Reservoir Rd
Jamestown, CA, 95327 United States
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JAMESTOWN, Calif. – Do you enjoy sharing history? Enjoy meeting with people from near and far? Want to become part of an operating train crew? California State Parks, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation are now accepting applications for adults interested in volunteering to help communicate the fascinating railroading history of the “Movie Railroad” in the beautiful Sierra foothills. Volunteer positions include tour guides, train car hosts, greeters, ticket agents, stationmasters, operating train…

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