Small trains ride into State Railroad Museum

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum have exciting plans to dazzle, delight and engage post-Thanksgiving visitors with a special “Small Train Holiday” on Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30.

For this special two-day holiday extravaganza, the museum brings together a magical assortment of trains, hundreds of feet of track and an array of buildings and accessories.

Local organizations and devoted individuals set up shop in the museum, filling the roundhouse with delightful model and toy train layouts of every description.

Visitors of all ages will marvel at the variety of locomotives that pull pretend passengers and scaled-down shipments through all kinds of scenery, whether modeled on real places or created in the imaginations of the collectors.

As a special treat, the Sacramento Brick Builders (Lego Club) has identified “A White Christmas” as their display theme this year. Other expanded holiday offerings inside the museum include rides aboard the museum’s iconic interpretive handcar, story time with Mrs. Claus, a discovery-filled scavenger hunt and more.

With all the fun and festive activities happening inside the museum, there’s plenty to do outdoors in Old Sacramento State Historic Park as well. Interested guests can visit with Santa Claus in the Eagle Theatre from 2:30-9:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday on Thanksgiving weekend, then Wednesdays through Sundays until Dec. 22. Children can have their picture taken with Santa by a professional photographer for a fee.

All “Small Train Holiday” activities happening inside the Railroad Museum are included with the cost of admission which is $10 adults, $5 youths ages 6-17 and free for children 5 and under. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Further information about the California State Railroad Museum is available at or by calling 916-445-6645.


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