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 intact steam-era roundhouse and shop facility in California, and one of just two in the U.S.
On National Train Day, visitors to Railtown 1897 SHP will enjoy steam-powered excursion train rides behind the “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3 and aboard the famous Caboose No. 7.
To the delight of visitors, behind-the-scenes tours of the historic roundhouse and shops will also be available. A number of historic locomotives, equipment and vehicles will also be on special display, historic track “speeder” car rides will offered from noon to 3 p.m. and Amtrak goodie bags will be available while supplies last. Also, the historic the blacksmith forge will be open and operating — which was once used to produce hardware and some parts for locomotives and cars.
Except for steam-powered excursion train rides, all National Train Day activities are free to the public with paid park admission.
Railtown 1897 SHP admission costs are: $5 for adults, $3 for youths ages 6-17 and free for children five and under.
All train ride tickets are available for advance purchase online as well as at the ticket window beginning at 10 a.m. the day of the train ride (based on availability). Capacity is limited for tickets for the steam-powered excursion train rides so visitors are encouraged to arrive early.
Excursion train rides are available hourly from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and tickets aboard “Movie Train” — enclosed suburban car and caboose — are $15 for adults, $8 for youths ages 6-17 and kids 5 and under are free. Train ride tickets are available online at railtown1897.org.
For more information call Railtown 1897 State Historic Park at 209-984-3953 or visit the Website at railtown1897.org. More information about National Train Day is available by visiting nationaldaytrain.com.