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August 2018

National Night Out

August 7, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Railtown 1897 SHP will be open from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on August 7 in celebration of National Night Out. Special activities will be offered, including free Park admission, free excursion train rides behind a historic diesel locomotive, free speeder rides, fun giveaways (while supplies last), canine demonstrations by California State Parks, K9 Unit, hands-on activities for children, plus “meet and greet” opportunities with several local law enforcement agencies. With one departure that evening at 5 p.m., excursion train…

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September 2018

Working on the Railroad: A Celebration of Sierra Railway Workers

September 15, 2018
men repairing a train engine

Railtown 1897 is proud to present the 5th Annual "Working on the Railroad—A Celebration of Sierra Railway Workers" on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The special event was created to celebrate and honor the hundreds of former Sierra Railway and Sierra Railroad workers, their descendants and family members who built, maintained and operated the railroad. The interpretive event is focused on sharing information about the workers who practiced their trades, their job duties and who they were as individuals and community…

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April 2019

Opening Weekend of Excursion Train Ride Season!

April 6 - April 7
people boarding train

To celebrate the opening of the excursion train ride season on April 6-7, 2019, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is offering FREE train rides behind their 1952 Baldwin Whitcomb No.1265 historic diesel locomotive all weekend long. With departures at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., weekend train ride guests enjoy a memorable six-mile, 45-minute round trip ride along the rails of the famous "Movie Railroad." Capacity is limited for excursion rides so visitors are encouraged to arrive early.…

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Wildflower Trains

April 14 - April 21
train going past wildflowers

With spring in full bloom experience spring wildflowers from aboard our special Wildflower Train Rides available on four weekend dates—April 13, 14, 20 & 21—and depart from the Depot promptly at 3 p.m. Arrive early! Prior to boarding the train, passengers will have the opportunity to learn about the wildflowers of California's Sierra Nevada foothills by watching an informative presentation hosted by Railtown 1897's Interpretive staff. Wildflower Trains feature naturalists and Interpretive Park Rangers from the nearby Bureau of Reclamation's…

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Easter at Railtown 1897

April 21
Easter at Railtown

Join us at the Park this Easter Sunday! The historic park offers a great place to celebrate the holiday with an egg hunt for children, train rides behind a historic diesel locomotive, hands-on crafts and an opportunity to meet the Easter bunny. To accommodate the various ages of children, there will be an egg hunt for ages 4 and under, one for ages 5 to 7 and another for ages 8 to 11. With special activities happening all day long,…

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May 2019

Mother’s Day

May 12
small boy looking at flowers

Treat mom to an extra special Mother's Day by taking an excursion train ride behind the Sierra No. 3 steam locomotive. With beautiful wildflowers still in bloom, the six-mile, 45-minute roundtrip ride takes passengers through the rolling Gold Country foothills, passing through meadows and along grassy hillsides covered with ancient oak trees. Train ride departures at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. All train ride tickets include Park admission and cost $15 for adults, $10 for youth ages…

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Memorial Day Weekend Festivities

May 25 - May 27
people boarding train

To kick off the summer season in rail-related style, popular weekend excursion trains behind a historic diesel will run throughout the extended Memorial Day holiday weekend – May 25, 26 and 27, 2019. Additionally, on Saturday and Sunday, crowd-favorite Speeder rides. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the sprawling Roundhouse lawn. Regular excursion train ride departures at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Memorial Day Weekend. Train ride tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youths…

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June 2019

Return of the Sierra No. 28!

June 1

Join us Saturday, June 1 to celebrate the return of the Sierra No. 28! Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation proudly invite families, friends and rail fans of all ages to celebrate the return to service for the historic steam locomotive Baldwin No. 28 on Saturday, June 1, 2019. To mark the special occasion, guests to Railtown 1897 State Historic Park will enjoy complimentary Speeder rides, live musical entertainment performed by…

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Wednesday Train Rides

June 12
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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