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Author Archive: California State Railroad Museum

Railroad Museum presents ‘Diesel Days’

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to offer special “Diesel Days” one weekend each month — April through September — by operating two visually exciting and gracefully styled diesel locomotives as part of the popular weekend excursion train rides on the museum’s Sacramento Southern Railroad. These brightly painted diesels, Western […]

‘Grand Central: An American Treasure’ to premiere

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to announce the West Coast premiere of a new film, “Grand Central: An American Treasure,” by award-winning producer Richard Luckin. There will be two special screenings of this documentary — introduced by Luckin and followed by a question and answer session — on Saturday, […]

Living history at Railroad Museum

In celebration of President’s Day weekend, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to offer a special “Lincoln Living History Day” on Sunday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. To the delight of guests of all ages, a Living History character portraying President Abraham Lincoln — who signed the Pacific Railroad […]

Ride the rails on Tuesday

The California State Railroad Museum is now offering excursion train rides to the general public on 12 pre-determined Tuesdays in 2014. For 12 Tuesdays, weekday guests can delight in the sights, smells and sounds of an authentic, working locomotive as it rolls along the levees of the Sacramento River. Appealing to all ages, the experience […]

Railroad Museum calls out for volunteers

Fascinated by railroading history? Interested in working on a train? Enjoy working with visitors, children and school groups? California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento State Historic Park (SHP) are now recruiting adults, 18 or older, who are interested in volunteering to help communicate the West’s fascinating heritage of railroading and […]

New exhibit at Railroad Museum

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to debut an all-new exhibit titled “California State Parks, 150 Years: A Gift from the People, to the People” on Saturday, Dec. 21. Timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of California State Parks in 2014, the exhibit will feature compelling and diverse historic […]

Small trains ride into State Railroad Museum

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum have exciting plans to dazzle, delight and engage post-Thanksgiving visitors with a special “Small Train Holiday” on Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30. For this special two-day holiday extravaganza, the museum brings together a magical assortment of trains, hundreds of feet of track and an […]

Railroad Museum celebrates veterans

To honor their service and celebrate the patriotic holiday, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to offer veterans and active military personnel complimentary excursion train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad plus complimentary museum admission on Monday, Nov. 11. With patriotic music playing aboard the trains, veterans and active military […]

All aboard for ‘Ales on the Rails’

All aboard as California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum celebrate the new fall season in rail-related style with a special, one-night-only “Ales on the Rails” brew sampling event. The second annual sunset train ride takes place on the Sacramento Southern Railroad on Saturday evening, Oct. 5, when adult passengers will have the […]

New exhibit showcases art at Railroad Museum

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to debut a powerful new exhibit titled “Double Exposure: Photography and the Transcontinental Railroad” on Saturday, Sept. 14. The exhibition examines the emergence of photography and the ways in which the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads used the new medium during the construction […]

Railroad Museum to zoo shuttle rolls

Non-stop, roundtrip shuttle service is available to and from the California State Railroad Museum and the Sacramento Zoo now through August 25. Coordinated by the Sacramento Zoo, the 20-person bus will shuttle interested visitors back and forth between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays for an affordable $2 per person roundtrip. Children […]

Railroad Museum features diesels

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to present special “Diesel Days” one weekend each month — in July, August and September — by operating two visually-exciting and gracefully-styled diesel locomotives as part of the popular weekend excursion train rides on the Museum’s Sacramento Southern Railroad. These brightly painted diesels — […]

Ales on the Rails rolling into area

SACRAMENTO — All aboard as California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum celebrate summer in rail-related style with a special, one-night-only “Ales on the Rails” brew sampling event. The second annual sunset train ride takes place on the Sacramento Southern Railroad on Saturday, June 8, when adult passengers will have the opportunity to […]

Military special at Railroad Museum

SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento History Museum announced its participation in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. […]

Celebrate National Train Day

SACRAMENTO — On Saturday, May 11 Amtrak, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum will proudly celebrate the sixth annual National Train Day by offering free museum admission, tours of modern-day Amtrak California passenger cars and special rail-related activities inside and outside the museum. To add to the celebration and extend the fun, […]

Photographers invited to seminar

Back by popular demand, the California State Railroad Museum is proud to host a unique “Trains and Tripods Photo Opportunity and Lighting Seminar.” The two-part program includes an optional seminar on existing light photography and a photographers-only photo session inside the visually-enticing museum before it opens to the public for the day. Amateur photographers of […]

Railroad Museum debuts final phase of fruit crate art

SACRAMENTO — The California State Railroad Museum will debut the third and final phase of fruit crate art as part of a visually-powerful exhibit titled “Pick Me! A Bumper Crop from the Pacific Coast.” After focusing exclusively on California crate labels for the first two years, the third phase of this popular exhibit includes selections […]

Railroad Museum turntable returns to service

SACRAMENTO — Owned and operated by the California State Railroad Museum, the hard-working and heavy-duty 80-foot turntable located at the west end of the museum has returned to full operation, after a major maintenance overhaul. Fabricated by the American Bridge Company in 1911 — the same company that built the “workhorse” I Street Bridge during […]

All aboard museum’s excursion train

All aboard the California State Railroad Museum’s excursion railroad, the Sacramento Southern Railroad. The 2013 operating season officially opens the weekend of April 6 and 7, with rides continuing every Saturday and Sunday through September. This year marks the 30th consecutive year that the California State Railroad Museum has offered these popular excursion train rides. […]

California Railroad Museum calls out for volunteers

SACRAMENTO — Fascinated by railroading history? Interested in working on a train? Enjoy working with visitors, children and school groups? The California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento State Historic Park (SHP) are now recruiting adults (18 or older) who are interested in volunteering in early 2013 to help communicate the West’s fascinating heritage of […]

Trains and art are a hot ticket

Just in time for the holidays,California State Parks and the Crocker Art Museum have teamed up to offer special “Rockwell + Rails” combo tickets for guests interested in visiting the California State Railroad Museum and the “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell” exhibition at the Crocker Art Museum through Feb. 3. The combo tickets […]

Award-winning photos on display

As part of a special exhibition debuting on Saturday, Dec. 8, the California State Railroad Museum is proud to showcase award-winning photographs from the prestigious Center for Railroad Photography and Art’s 2012 Creative Photography Awards Program. With an impressive number of entries submitted by photographers from all over the world, the theme of the 2012 […]

Volunteers needed

The California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento State Historic Park are now recruiting adults, 18 or older, who are interested in volunteering this fall to help communicate the West’s fascinating heritage of railroading and the California Gold Rush. Volunteer applications are being accepted now through Wednesday, Sept. 19. Volunteer orientation will begin on Monday, […]

Wild West caricatures ride the rails

In partnership with the Caricature Carvers of America (CCA), the California State Railroad Museum will debut an entertaining new exhibit titled “Whittle Stop: A Cast of Caricatures on a Wild West Train” on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The fun and fanciful new exhibit is an intricately detailed wooden sculpture of an 1880s era steam train from […]

Summer at the Railroad Museum

SACRAMENTO – All aboard as the California State Railroad Museum celebrates summer in rail-related style with a special, one-night-only “Ales on the Rails” brew sampling event. The sunset train ride takes place on the Sacramento Southern Railroad on Saturday evening, Aug. 18, when adult passengers will have the opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy views […]

Governor’s Mansion to stay open

SACRAMENTO — California State Parks Capital District has proudly announced that, due to generous corporate partnerships and community support, the Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park is now officially off the closure list and will remain open and operating during the 2012-13 fiscal year. The official announcement was made by Al Howenstein, California State Historic Governor’s […]

Plenty of new stuff at the State Fair

SACRAMENTO — Many new, novel, entertaining and educational attractions — most of which are free with fair admission — can be found at the 2012 California State Fair, which runs through July 29 at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento. Wizard’s Challenge (air-conditioned tent in front of Bldg. A) — Explore the magic and wonder […]

Firefighters to heat up kitchen

SACRAMENTO  — Firefighters from around the Sacramento region are prepared to blaze a path to victory in the California State Fair’s 2012 Firehouse Chef Challenge. The three preliminary rounds are set for 11 a.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, with the finals at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 29, all in California Foodstyle […]

State Fair to hold contests

Win by an ear Calling all corn lovers. The California State Fair is looking for participants for the corn eating competition. The competition will take place at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 23 on the Promenade Stage. Contestants should check in at the Promenade Stage by 12:45 p.m. There is no entry fee to compete. […]

Find the Xtreme at fair

Xtreme Zone, located just inside the West Gate, is the home of extreme sports action at the California State Fair and home to daily events and demonstrations. Top-name athletes, DJ music, and an emcee calling tricks provide an up-close look at Freestyle Motocross racing (FMX). Car lovers can test-drive several of the latest vehicles — […]

Birds in paradise soar

With so many wonderful exhibits coming to the 2012 California State Fair, there’s one that soars above the rest: Birds in Paradise. This all-exotic bird experience is in the floriculture tent. Walk amongst a tropical rainforest setting and experience the sights and sounds of one of nature’s liveliest aviaries. Birds in Paradise is open during […]

Toyopia is back at the California State Fair

Toytopia is back at the California State Fair. After a successful appearance in 2007, this 8,000-square-foot exhibit returns with new attractions, guest appearances and fun for all ages. “Toytopia has a wide variety of special and neat things you can do with toys, and kids of all ages will enjoy it,” said Norb Bartosik, general […]

Chocohalics compete at State Fair

A $500 cash prize, delicious chocolate and healthy competition unite to bring Guittard’s Chocolate Passion Contest to the California State Fair. The contest will be judged at an open event at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 in Expo Center, Building 2. The winning entries will be determined on the basis of taste, appearance, texture […]

Postal workers are cooking at State Fair

Postal Service employees from across the state are sharpening their knives and preparing to compete on Sunday, July 22 for a years’ worth of bragging rights and the title of 2012 State Fair Postal Service Chef Challenge Winner. Nine teams of two will cook their way through an “Iron Chef”-like competition. A mystery ingredient must […]

Dogs to make moves at State Fair

SACRAMENTO — Sacramento Dog Training Club and Two Rivers Agility Club of Sacramento return to the California State Fair to host the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Agility Trials. The event will be hosted in the Livestock Pavilion on Friday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “(Fair goers) will see a variety of […]

Authors showcase work at the State Fair

SACRAMENTO — Get your next summer read or discover a new favorite author at the California’s Authors exhibit at the California State Fair. People attending can come to Building A/B to meet these local authors, ask them questions and get a book signed. Some of the authors include former Sacramento Monarch Ruthie Bolton, New York Times […]

Relive music of the 1960s at the State Fair

SACRAMENTO — Take yourself back in time and re-live the 1960s with the musical talents of the Happy Together Tour at the 2012 California State Fair on Friday, July 13 starting at 8 p.m. Four of the most popular bands of the era will be featured at the Golden1 Stage. Gary Puckett and The Union […]

Wing-eating competition at fair

SACRAMENTO — Come to the California State Fair to see the Hooters World Wing-eating Championship on Saturday, July 14. The competition will take place at 6 p.m. on the Promenade Stage. For 10 minutes, contestants will scarf down Hooters wings in a finger-lickin’ free-for-all. The wings are all-you-can-eat and the contestant that eats the most […]

Come for breakfast at the State Fair

SACRAMENTO — Breakfast of Champions, California State Fair-style, usually involves something deep-fried and served on a stick. Like cereal? Try the all-new deep-fried Cap’n Crunch or deep-fried Fruity Pebbles, both on a stick. Does fruit sound appealing? How about the new deep-fried bananas and deep-fried pineapple? Don’t miss the deep-fried Pop-Tarts (first time a State […]

The California State Fair offers big fun

The first week of the California State Fair, which starts Thursday, July 12, promises some stellar entertainment with world records, high flying talents and musical powerhouses. The Golden1 Stage Concert Series will feature the Fab Four at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 12. Tickets are $13, Gold Circle reserved. The Happy Together Tour performs at 8 p.m. […]

Ride the rails and meet Mark Twain

All aboard for a summertime special train ride when the California State Railroad Museum presents “Riding the Rails with Mark Twain” on Saturday evening, July 7. Guests are invited to enjoy a warm summer evening in Old Sacramento State Historic Park along with Mark Twain, portrayed by local period actor Pat Kaunert, cool refreshments, entertaining […]

State fair is sponsoring a blood drive

Save a life by donating blood and receive a free California State Fair general admission ticket. On Friday, July 6 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m, BloodSource and the California State Fair will celebrate Blood Donor Day at Cal Expo. Participants will receive a free California State Fair general admission ticket. Poppy, the California State […]

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