See wildflowers on train ride

By From page B15 | April 18, 2014

With spring in full bloom, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) is proud to provide guests with a unique opportunity to experience spring wildflowers from aboard a train pulled by the “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3.

While the park is open daily, a special Wildflower Train Ride is available on Saturday, April 19, and departs from the Railtown 1897 Depot promptly at 4:30 p.m. Prior to boarding the train, passengers will have the opportunity to learn about the wildflowers of California’s Sierra Nevada foothills. The Tuolumne County Master Gardeners will have a display at the park on these special days with information about gardening with native plants.

Railtown 1897’s popular Wildflower Trains feature Interpretive Park Rangers from the nearby Bureau of Reclamation’s New Melones Lake, answering questions and pointing out flower groupings along the way.

Wildflower Trains take guests on a 6-mile, 1-hour roundtrip ride through the scenic, rolling landscapes of California’s Gold Country. Along the way, trains encounter meadows and rolling hills, with such local flora as meadowfoam, goldfields and other colorful flowers typically in bloom.

Train capacity is limited and advance reservations are suggested. With some open air seating available, wildflower train tickets are available online at and cost $24 for adults, $10 for youth ages 6-17 and children 5 and under ride free.

Railtown 1897’s regular excursion trains are operating on Saturdays as well with departures on-the-hour from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Tickets for steam train excursion rides are $15 for adults, $8 for youths ages 6-17 and kids 5 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).

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is located in Jamestown and open 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

For more information call 209-984-3953 or visit


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