Steam-powered train rolling in Jamestown

By From page B5 | April 26, 2013

JAMESTOWN — Beginning in April, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown will resume offering popular steam-powered excursion train rides on weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

While the park is open daily, guests will enjoy a memorable 6 mile, 45 minute round trip ride along the rails of the famous “Movie Railroad.”

The public is invited to attend the “Early Bird” program that starts at 7 a.m. in the historic roundhouse to watch as the crew lights the fire and prepares the locomotive for the day. The locomotive is started with the tossing of a burning rag into the firebox, then the crew works to fuel, lubricate and water the engine as the boiler is slowly brought up to temperature. Knowledgeable guides will be on hand in the roundhouse to narrate every step of the process.

The interested spectators can follow it out into the yard and watch the turntable in operation as the crew moves the locomotive into place at the depot.

All tickets include park admission and are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the ticket window beginning at 10 a.m. on the days the trains are running.

Excursion train ride tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for youths ages 6-17 and kids five and under are free.

For more information call 209-984-3953 or visit for updated information.


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