Railtown 1897 offers popular ‘Harvest Haunt Express’

By From page B5 | October 11, 2013

With fall in the air, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) is proud to once again offer family-friendly “Harvest Haunt Express” train rides on consecutive weekends: Oct. 12 and 13, Oct. 19 and 20 and Oct. 26 and 27.

Staffed by a spirited “skeleton crew,” the popular train rides take place aboard an excursion train that departs on-the-hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Saturdays, the excursion train will be pulled by Sierra No. 3, the “Movie Star Locomotive,” and on Sundays by a steam or vintage diesel locomotive. Plus, free pumpkins will be provided to those taking a train ride all month long, while supplies last.

Families are encouraged to spend the day at Railtown 1897 SHP and enjoy the picnic facilities on the sprawling Roundhouse lawn.

Located in the heart of California’s Gold Country, Railtown 1897 SHP combines railroad heritage, local history and the lure of Hollywood and is one of only two authentic and still-operating steam-era railroad roundhouse complexes in the entire country.

The park is home to the famous “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3, which has an impressive history of starring in more than 200 high-profile film and television productions such as “High Noon,” “Back to the Future 3” and “Petticoat Junction.”

Tickets for “Harvest Haunt Express” train rides, which include park admission, are $15 for adults, $8 for youths ages 6-17, ages 5 and under are free.

To make advance online reservations visit or call 209-984-3953 for more information.

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 and 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. Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is open daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, and the park’s operating hours vary by season: April to October, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; November to March, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • Special Publications »

    Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service (updated 4/30/2015) and Privacy Policy (updated 4/7/2015).
    Copyright (c) 2016 McNaughton Newspapers, Inc., a family-owned local media company that proudly publishes the Daily Republic, Mountain Democrat, Davis Enterprise, Village Life and other community-driven publications.