These six-mile, 40-minute roundtrip rides along the Sacramento River are operated by knowledgeable, trained volunteers.
Tickets for the Old Sac excursion trains are available first-come, first-served starting at 10:30 a.m.
What: Weekend Excursion Train Rides
Where: Trains depart from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot (on Front St. between J and K Sts.) in Old Sacramento
When: Weekends beginning March 31 thru Sept. 2012. Departs hourly from 11 - 5 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults; $5 youths ages 6-17; free for children ages 5 and under ($15 for first class tickets aboard the El Dorado)
For more info: 916-445-6645 or website
Visitors will enjoy 40-minute, six-mile rides through the Sierra foothills pulled by vintage steam and diesel locomotives. Star of Railtown is Sierra No. 3, featured in numerous movies and television shows. Seating is limited so you're encouraged to arrive early to get tickets, which are sold on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10 a.m.
In addition to the train rides, the first weekend's events will include live music, tours of the Roundhouse and demonstrations of the historic, belt-driven machine shop.
What: Weekend Steam-Powered Excursion Train Rides
Where: Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
When: Weekends (and Monday holidays) beginning March 31. Train rides from 11 to 3 p.m.
Cost: Free on March 31 and April 1 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 info: 209-984-3953 or website
PHOTO CREDIT: Steam-powered excursion trains are a regular feature in Old Sacramento during the summer. Courtesy California State Railroad Museum