A Hoppin’ good time at Railtown for Easter

By September 19, 2012

Don’t miss a hoppin’ good time on Easter weekend at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. Arriving in style aboard a locomotive on Saturday morning to kick-off Easter weekend activities, the Easter Bunny is making a special appearance at Railtown 1897 SHP. Then, for the further delight of the little ones, an always-popular egg hunt will take place on the Roundhouse lawn on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, spend the afternoon, tour the historic Roundhouse and enjoy a steam-powered weekend excursion train ride, too.

In addition, the Park will be open as usual all weekend long with Roundhouse tours and steam train excursion rides available on both Saturday and Easter Sunday. Departing hourly from 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. both days, the excursion train rides offer a memorable six-mile, 40-minute roundtrip trip experience along the rails of the famous “Movie Railroad,” passing through California’s scenic Gold Country. Visitors from near and far are welcomed and encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and spend time relaxing and enjoying the holiday weekend at Railtown 1897 SHP.

Normal Park admission prices are in effect during Easter weekend, $5 for adults, $3 for youths ages 6-17 and free for children five and under. There is no additional charge for children interested in participating in the egg hunt on Saturday. Tickets for the steam train excursion rides aboard “mountain observation cars” are $13 for adults, $6 for youths ages 6-17 and kids five and under are free. All train ride tickets include Park admission and are available on a first-come, first served basis at the ticket window beginning at 10 a.m. on the day of the ride.

Operated by California State Parks with assistance from the nonprofit California State Railroad Museum Foundation, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park offers year-round tours plus train rides weekends April-October (selected dates only November-December). Known as “The Movie Railroad,” the park and its trains have been featured in hundreds of feature films, TV shows, and commercials.

The park is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Reservoir Road in Jamestown, reached by highways 49/108. Open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, the park’s operating hours vary by season: April-October, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; November-March, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

For more information, call Railtown 1897 State Historic Park at 209-984-3953 or visit


Easter Weekend Activities — Egg Hunt & Train Rides!

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, Jamestown

Saturday, April 23 & Sunday, April 24, 2011
– Easter Bunny: arrives by locomotive at 10 a.m. on Saturday
– Egg Hunt: 10:30 a.m. on Saturday only
– Train Rides: hourly from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. both days (including Easter Sunday!)

Admission: $5 adults, $3 youths ages 6-17, free for children 5 and under

Train Rides:
$13 adults, $6 youths ages 6-17, free for children 5 and under (includes Park admission)



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