Santa to ride the rails at Railtown

By From page B13 | November 29, 2013

Santa is taking some time out of his busy schedule to make special daytime and nighttime appearances at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown this holiday season. Special train rides with Santa will operate over the three-day Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1 and again the weekend of Dec. 14 and 15.

Nighttime rides aboard Santa’s Starlight Express are two nights only — Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30. Visitors are encouraged to bundle up and join Santa and his musical friends for two lighted Christmas trains departing at 5:30 and 7 p.m.

The special train rides — lighted and filled with the music and magic of Christmas — are sure to get visitors in the holiday spirit with live holiday music and caroling aboard the train.

Santa will join riders on a train of festively lit cars pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive. Every child will have plenty of time to whisper their wishes to Santa as he and his elves make their way through the train. Also, free hot chocolate will be served on board the trains. Another special holiday treat, Sierra No. 3 — known as the “Movie Star Locomotive” — will be all decked out and on special display as well.

Tickets for the nighttime rides aboard Santa’s Starlight Express are $24 for adults, $12 for youths and free for children 2 and under (traveling on a lap). New this year, first-class tickets are available for $33 for adults and $15 for youths. Discounted train ride tickets are available to members.

Popular Santa By Daylight train rides also continue this year on Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1, and again on Dec. 14 and 15. With Santa on board, a holiday-lit vintage diesel locomotive will pull the trains on Nov. 29 and 30 whereas Sierra No. 3 will do so on Dec. 1, 14 and 15. Trains run hourly from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and cost $15 for adults, $8 for youths and free for children 5 and under (and for members).

Advance tickets are strongly recommended and are available online at or by calling the depot store at 209-984-3953.



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 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 Thursdays through Mondays (except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day) and the park’s operating hours vary by season: April-October, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; November-March, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

For more information call Railtown 1897 State Historic Park at 209-984-3953 or visit the Website at


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