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. Since 1984, well over one million guests have been carried aboard the Sacramento Southern Railroad, served by all-volunteer crews fully trained and certified under Federal Railroad Administration regulations.

Excursion trains depart from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot in Old Sacramento, located on Front Street between J and K streets.

Departures are on-the-hour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Train ride guests delight in the sights, smells and sounds of an authentic, working locomotive as it rolls along the levees of the Sacramento River for a six-mile, 40-minute roundtrip excursion. Appealing to all ages, the experience offers guests a chance to enjoy train travel from an earlier era. The train features a combination of vintage closed coaches with comfortable seats, and open-air “gondolas” with bench style seating.

Same-day general admission weekend excursion train ride tickets are available in-person on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10:30 a.m. the day of the train ride at the Sacramento Southern Railroad ticket office, located on Front Street between “J” and “K” streets in Old Sacramento. Tickets to ride the first-class El Dorado are available to book in advance online at and groups interested in reserving the El Dorado for a regularly scheduled ride should call 916-322-7112.

Regular excursion train tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for youths ages 6 to 17, and ages 5 and under ride free. For passengers desiring a ride aboard the first-class car El Dorado, tickets are $15 per person.

For more information call 916-445-6645 or  visit the Website at

California State Railroad Museum

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