California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum proudly join more than 200 communities across the nation with special National Train Day events planned for Saturday, May 10.
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To celebrate the seventh annual event, the Railroad Museum will offer a spectacular array of eye-catching locomotives along with a variety of hands-on activities, live entertainment, educational booths and a special presentation that collectively demonstrate the past, present and future of railroading.
Inside the museum, tours of a modern-day Amtrak California passenger car will be available for guests to experience what train travel is like today, while also exploring decades of rail transportation history that literally transformed America.
Museum guests can enjoy interactive hand car rides and visit educational booths offered by Amtrak, Caltrans Division of Rail, the city of Sacramento, the California High-Speed Rail Authority and California Operation Lifesaver.
Entertaining “Rock the Rails” performances by the energetic folk and Americana band Marvels of the Midway will take place in the East Theatre at 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and a special presentation by the city of Sacramento about the rehabilitation of the 1926 Sacramento Valley Station building is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the museum’s West Theatre.
The museum is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on National Train Day and the special activities happening inside the museum are included with the regular cost of admission, $10 for adults, $5 for youths, ages 6-17, and ages 5 and under are free.
Outside the museum, three brightly colored, sleek and streamline-styled cab unit diesel locomotives, the Western Pacific 913, Southern Pacific “Daylight” 6051 and the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe “Warbonnet” 347A (which once pulled the famed “Super Chief” passenger train), will be on public display near the Central Pacific Passenger Station in a nose-staggered formation to provide a unique backdrop for memorable photographs. A beautiful and brilliantly painted, modified and fully-equipped 1931 Model A railroad fire truck and a bright yellow Union Pacific Caboose will also be on special display to delight visitors to Old Sacramento State Historic Park.
The museum’s weekend excursion trains will run as usual on National Train Day. Trains depart hourly from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot in Old Sacramento Train guests experience the sights, smells and sounds of an authentic, vintage locomotive as it rolls along the levees of the Sacramento River for a 6-mile, 45-minute roundtrip excursion.
Weekend excursion train ride tickets are available in advance online or in-person on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the train ride starting at 10:30 a.m.
Regular excursion train tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for youths, ages 6-17, and ages 5 and under ride free.
For passengers desiring a ride aboard the first-class car El Dorado, tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for youths and are free for children 5 and under.
For more information about the California State Railroad Museum’s National Train Day activities or booking weekend train rides in advance visit csrmf.org.
For more information about National Train Day in general and the many activities happening nationwide please visit nationaltrainday.com. Rail passengers and enthusiasts are invited to share why trains matter to them via Facebook (facebook.com/NationalTrainDay) or Twitter @natltrainday.