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Railtown 1897 recruits volunteers at special open house

The calendar may still say summer but California State Parks, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation are already planning for the holidays and preparing for the second season of “The Polar Express” Train Ride in Jamestown this December. Interested community members are encouraged to attend a special open […]

Ride diesel trains on Wednesdays at Railtown 1897

Back by popular demand, California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown will offer two diesel train rides on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. during July and August. Young guests can also take advantage of special Story Time activities in the Caboose happening at 10 a.m. and noon on […]

Ride the ‘Movie Star Locomotive’ and celebrate Fourth of July

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is a perfect time to visit Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) and enjoy memorable train rides behind the “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3. Railtown 1897 SHP first officially became a state park on July 4, 1983. Train rides behind the famous locomotive are available on Saturday, July […]

Railtown 1897 seeks interested volunteers

California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) are now accepting volunteer applications to help communicate the fascinating railroading history of the “Movie Railroad” in the beautiful Sierra foothills. Interested volunteers are encouraged to submit applications by Thursday, June 11 and the first day of training will begin on Saturday, June 13. Volunteers […]

Music tells a story at Railtown 1897

California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) are proud to present the sixth annual Singing Rails music festival on Saturday, June 6. The festival reflects America’s longstanding love affair with trains and the railroad through the magic of music. The entertaining and fun Singing Rails festival will take place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. […]

Excursion trains are running on Memorial Day Weekend

To kick off the summer season in rail-related style, popular weekend excursion trains will be running all three days of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, May 23, 24 and 25 at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown. As a highlight on Saturday and Sunday, steam-powered excursion train rides behind Sierra No. 3 are […]

Sonora Photo Club to present special exhibit

California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) are proud to present “In Train View” — an exhibition of 36 large format photographs showcasing the talent of the Sonora Photo Club — that will be on display through Sept. 7. With close-ups, portraits, still-life images and shots of trains in action, “In Train […]

Railtown 1897 presents special Amtrak Train Days

All aboard for rail-related fun. In a partnership with Amtrak, California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown are proud to present a special Amtrak Train Days community celebration on Saturday, May 16. Taking the place of National Train Day, this community celebration is one of many events and activities happening across […]

Railtown gives Moms the star treatment

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) plans to treat moms extra special this Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10 by offering excursion train rides, giving away complimentary commemorative Belgian chocolate bars to all mothers who take a train ride (while supplies last) and more. With beautiful wildflowers still in bloom on Mother’s Day, the 6-mile, 45-minute roundtrip […]

Author makes presentation at Railtown 1897

California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) are proud to offer special meet-and-greet opportunities with Barbara Hettwer, author of “The Seamstress of Jamestown” on Saturday, April 25, a day when steam train rides behind Sierra No.3 are also available. Hettwer will be at the park from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to talk with […]

Celebrate spring at Railtown 1897

With spring in full bloom, California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park are proud to provide guests with a unique opportunity to experience spring wildflowers from aboard a train pulled by the “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3. While the park is open daily, special Wildflower Train Rides are available on Saturday, April […]

Railtown 1897 resumes rides

Beginning in April, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown will resume offering popular steam-powered excursion train rides on weekends at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. While the park is open daily, on weekends beginning Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5, guests will enjoy a memorable 6-mile, 45-minute round trip ride […]

Railtown 1897 offers special

Before the historic locomotives start rolling along for a new season of train rides this spring, California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) are offering a behind-the-scenes “Roundhouse Day” on Saturday, Feb. 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Park visitors will have the opportunity to watch important wintertime maintenance, cleaning and preparatory work […]

Railtown 1897 seeking interested volunteers

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) is seeking volunteers to help with education and interpretation programs at the park and will be hosting an open house at the end of January to offer more information. The Volunteer Open House will take place on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Railtown 1897 State Historic […]

Special viewing of behind the scenes

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) will offer just one more behind-the-scenes Shop Tour of the historic site in 2014. The unique and very popular tour will be available on Tuesday, Nov. 11 (Veteran’s Day) from 10 a.m.-noon. As part of this special opportunity, visitors will have the chance to get an up-close viewing of exciting […]

Skeleton crew offers train rides

California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) are proud to offer two final weekends of family-friendly “Harvest Haunt Express” train rides Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 25-26. Staffed by a “skeleton crew,” the popular train rides take place aboard an excursion train that departs on-the-hour from 11 a.m-3 p.m. On Saturdays, the excursion […]

See travel posters at Railroad Museum

While the Smithsonian traveling exhibition titled “Journey Stories” currently on display at the California State Railroad Museum is scheduled to move to a museum in Southern California after Sept. 28, the local component that includes a colorful collection of vibrant and nostalgic railroad travel posters will continue through May 31, 2015. Titled “American Journeys: Travel […]

Railtown celebrates working on the railroad

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) is planning a festive and fun community celebration on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to recognize and honor the hundreds of current and former Sierra Railway, Sierra Railroad and Railtown 1897 SHP workers, their descendants and family members. The celebration will include special photographs, temporary exhibits throughout […]

All aboard for fun over Labor Day weekend

To celebrate the Labor Day holiday in rail-related style, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown will offer popular excursion train rides all three days of the upcoming Labor Day weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30 and 31, rides behind the famous “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3 are available; then on Labor Day, […]

Railtown 1897 celebrates Fourth of July

The Fourth of July extended holiday is a perfect time to visit Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) and enjoy memorable train rides behind the “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3 or a vintage diesel locomotive while being entertained by festive live music performed by local musicians. Train rides behind Sierra No. 3 are available […]

Railtown train rides run on Wednesdays

Back by popular demand, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown will offer two diesel train rides on Wednesdays at noon and 2 p.m. starting July 2 and running until Aug. 27. While the park is open daily, steam-powered excursion train rides are typically offered on weekends only except for holidays and special occasions. […]

Railroad Music Festival at Railtown

Get ready to sit back, relax and enjoy the sweet sounds of legendary railroad tunes during the fifth annual “Singing Rails” railroad music festival at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park on Saturday, June 7. The family-friendly event will take place outdoors on the sprawling Roundhouse lawn starting with an entertaining music contest at noon. Contestants […]

Railtown 1897 gives Moms the Star

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park plans to treat Moms extra special on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11, by pulling out the famous “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3 for weekend excursion train rides and also giving away complimentary commemorative Belgian chocolate bars to all mothers who take a train ride (while supplies last). For those […]

Railtown 1897 celebrates railroading on Train Day

California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park will proudly participate in the seventh annual National Train Day on Saturday, May 10. Designed to celebrate American railroading, trains and train travel in cities all across the country, the event offers a variety of special activities at Railtown 1897 SHP that remains as the only […]

See wildflowers on train ride

With spring in full bloom, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) is proud to provide guests with a unique opportunity to experience spring wildflowers from aboard a train pulled by the “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3. While the park is open daily, a special Wildflower Train Ride is available on Saturday, April 19, and […]

Railtown 1897 steam train begins season

Beginning in April, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown will resume offering popular steam-powered excursion train rides on weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. While the park is open daily, on weekends beginning April 5-6, guests will enjoy a memorable 6-mile, 45-minute round trip ride along the rails of the famous “Movie […]

Railtown 1897 offers sneak peek

Before the historic locomotives start rolling along for a new season of train rides this spring, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) is offering a special “behind-the-scenes” view of important maintenance, cleaning and preparatory work underway inside and outside the roundhouse and shops on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. As part of this […]

Santa to ride the rails at Railtown

Santa is taking some time out of his busy schedule to make special daytime and nighttime appearances at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown this holiday season. Special train rides with Santa will operate over the three-day Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1 and again the weekend of Dec. 14 and 15. […]

Railtown 1897 offers popular ‘Harvest Haunt Express’

With fall in the air, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) is proud to once again offer family-friendly “Harvest Haunt Express” train rides on consecutive weekends: Oct. 12 and 13, Oct. 19 and 20 and Oct. 26 and 27. Staffed by a spirited “skeleton crew,” the popular train rides take place aboard an excursion train that […]

Join Mark Twain for train ride

Get ready for a fall favorite — it’s the Mark Twain Train Ride pulled by the “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3 on Saturday evening, Sept. 21 at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown. Get there early to listen to live music provided by local sensation Dave Rainwater and fascinating storytelling by Mark Twain […]

Railtown offers ride specials on Labor Day

To celebrate the Labor Day holiday in rail-related style, popular train rides behind the famous “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3 are available all three days of the Labor Day holiday weekend, Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown. As a special treat, local musicians will entertain guests […]

Evening festivities to benefit Railtown

JAMESTOWN — In partnership with California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, Tuolumne County’s Rotary and Kiwanis clubs will host the second annual “Spotlight on Railtown” fundraiser on Saturday evening, July 20 at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown. The goal of this special fundraising event is to support the […]

Diesel trains run on Wednesdays at Railtown 1897

What: Diesel Train Rides on Wednesdays Where: Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown When: Wednesdays through Aug. 28. Trains depart at noon and 2 p.m. Admission: $15 adults, $8 ages 6-17, free for children 5 and under Information: 209-984-3953 or visit railtown1897.org On Wednesdays through Aug. 28, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown will begin offering diesel […]

Railtown celebrates the Fourth

JAMESTOWN — The Fourth of July extended holiday is a perfect time to visit Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) and enjoy memorable train rides behind the “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3 while being entertained by festive live music performed by local musicians. Train rides behind Sierra No. 3 are available through Sunday, July […]

‘In Train View’ shows at Railtown

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) will present “In Train View,” an exhibition of 30 large format photographs showcasing the amazing talent of the Sonora Photo Club, that will be on display June 22 through Sept. 1. With a variety of compelling images, portraits and trains in action, “In Train View” also artfully raises attention […]

Railtown celebrates dads

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) plans to treat dads and granddads extra special this Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16 , by pulling out the famous “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3 for excursion train rides. Railtown 1897 will give away complimentary commemorative Belgian chocolate bars to all fathers and grandfathers who take a train […]

Excursion trains running in Jamestown

JAMESTOWN – To kick off the summer season in rail-related style, popular weekend excursion trains will be running all three days of the Memorial Day holiday weekend starting Saturday, May 25 to Monday, May 27 at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown. As a highlight on Saturday and Sunday, steam-powered excursion train rides […]

Railtown celebrates Mother’s Day

Looking for a unique way to treat mom extra special this Mother’s Day? Plan a trip to Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown for a relaxing steam-powered train ride behind the famous “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3 and she’ll receive a complimentary commemorative Belgian chocolate bar, while supplies last. To add to […]

Wildflower train rides at Railtown

With spring in full bloom, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) is proud to provide guests with a unique opportunity to experience spring wildflowers from aboard a train pulled by the “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3. While the SHP is open daily, special Wildflower Train Rides are available on two Saturday afternoons — April […]

Steam-powered train rolling in Jamestown

JAMESTOWN — Beginning in April, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown will resume offering popular steam-powered excursion train rides on weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. While the park is open daily, guests will enjoy a memorable 6 mile, 45 minute round trip ride along the rails of the famous “Movie Railroad.” […]

Railtown 1897 seeks volunteers

JAMESTOWN — Fascinated by trains? Enjoy working with people from near and far? A rail enthusiast at heart? Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) is now accepting applications for people interested in volunteering to help communicate the fascinating railroading history of the “Movie Railroad” in the beautiful Sierra foothills. Interested volunteers are encouraged to attend […]

Ride the rails on Labor Day at Railtown park

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown is having steam-powered excursion train rides through California’s scenic Gold Country on Labor Day. Holiday visitors will enjoy a memorable 6 mile, 40 minute round trip ride along the rails of the famous “Movie Railroad.” A vintage diesel locomotive pulls the train on Monday, Sept. 3. Guests are […]

Railtown holds ‘Singing Rails’

On Saturday evening, Aug. 4, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is sponsoring an upbeat and festive “Singing Rails” musical event that reflects America’s longstanding love affair with trains and the railroad through the magic of music. Known for iconic songs such as “Way Out West,” “Last Cannonball” and “Ghost Train” to name a few, the […]

It’s Dad’s turn at Railtown 1897

JAMESTOWN — Railtown 1897 State Historic Park plans to treat dads and granddads extra special this Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17, by pulling out the famous “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3 and popular Caboose No. 7 for weekend excursion train rides (regular ticket prices apply) and also giving away complimentary commemorative Belgian chocolate bars […]

‘Diesels and Dads’ at Railroad Museum

SACRAMENTO — The California State Railroad Museum is gearing up to celebrate “Diesels and Dads” on Sunday, June 17, Father’s Day, by showcasing seven rarely seen diesel locomotives that will be on special display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The locomotives on display will include two stationed inside the museum: Foley Bros. No 110-1, […]

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