Railtown 1897 park offers a hoppin’ good time

By From page B4 | April 06, 2012

JAMESTOWN — Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown has a variety of special activities planned for Easter weekend, April 7 and 8.
Sharing the spotlight with the famous “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3, the Easter Bunny will make a special appearance arriving in rail-related style aboard a locomotive on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
Then at 10:30 a.m., kids of all ages can participate in a fun-filled egg hunt on the sprawling roundhouse lawn. Departing hourly from 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. behind Sierra No. 3 on both Saturday and Sunday, steam-powered excursion train rides offer a memorable six-mile, 40-minute roundtrip experience along the rails of the famous “Movie Railroad,” passing through California’s scenic Gold Country.
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.
Visitors from near and far are welcome and encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and spend time relaxing and enjoying the holiday weekend at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park.
Normal park admission prices are in effect during Easter weekend, $5 for adults, $3 for youths ages 6-17 and free for children 5 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” (open-sided cars that allow for visitors to enjoy the spring weather) 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 now available for advance purchase at as well as at the ticket window beginning at 10 a.m. on the day of the ride (based on availability).
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 to October (selected dates only November to 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 Thursdays through Mondays (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.-4:30 p.m.; November to March, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
For more information call Railtown 1897 State Historic Park at 209-984-3953 or visit our Website at

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