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April 1, 2011
Railtown resumes its popular train rides

WildflowerTrain.JPGThis weekend Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown (Tuolumne County) will resume its steam-powered train rides. These six-mile, 40-minute excursions through Gold Country depart on the hour, 11 to 3 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday through October.

On April 2 at 7 a.m. there will be a special Early Bird program at the Roundhouse where the public is invited to watch crews fire up a locomotive in preparation for the day's operation. This weekend there will also be roundhouse tours and demonstrations in the belt-driven machine shop.

Scheduled only for April 9 and 16 are two afternoon "Wildflower Train" rides which take passengers on a six-mile, one-hour ride through the scenic meadows and rolling hills filled with "meadow foam," "gold fields" and other flowers typically in bloom.

What: Weekend Steam-Powered Excursion Train Rides
Where: Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, Jamestown
When: Weekends beginning April 2 thru October 30, 2011
Cost: Free on April 2-3 for Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne residents only (with proof of residency)
General: $13 adults, $6 youths ages 6-17, free for children 5 and under
For more information: 209-984-4408 or visit Railtown1897.org

What: Wildflower Train Rides
Where: Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, Jamestown
When: Two Saturdays Only - April 9 & 16, 2011 at 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $21 adults, $10 youths ages 6-17, free for children 5 and under
For More information: 209-984-4408 or visit Railtown1897.org

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PHOTO CREDIT: A special "Wildflower Train" ride in 2007. Courtesy California State Railroad Museum.

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About Sac History Happenings

California and Sacramento have a long, rich, vibrant history. And our region is blessed with an abundance of historical resources maintained by museums, libraries, archives and societies. This blog aims to alert readers to the latest developments in local/state historical education and research.

Send tips concerning upcoming exhibits, tours, lectures and meetings, as well as new books, magazine articles and online collections to the blog's contributors.

The Contributors:

Michael Dolgushkin

Michael Dolgushkin is Manuscript Librarian at the California State Library History Section. He is co-author of San Francisco's California Street Cable Cars and is a frequent contributor to the California State Library Foundation Bulletin. Contact him at mdolgushkin@library.ca.gov.

Amanda Graham

Amanda Graham is a Certified Archivist working in the Sacramento Room of the Sacramento Public Library. She earned a BS in History from Southern Oregon University and a MS in Information Studies with an emphasis in archives from The University of Texas at Austin. Contact her at agraham@saclibrary.org.

Pete basofin

Pete Basofin is Director of Editorial Research at The Sacramento Bee. He previously worked at The St. Petersburg Times and Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune. Contact him at pbasofin@sacbee.com.

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