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March 29, 2012
Old Sacramento/Jamestown excursion trains ride again

Excursion Train.JPGFor the 29th consecutive year visitors to Old Sacramento can experience railroad history directly via the weekend excursion trains operated by the California State Railroad Museum.

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

News Release

Over in Jamestown (Tuolumne County) volunteers at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park are also getting ready for their excursion ride season to begin this weekend.

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

News Release

PHOTO CREDIT: Steam-powered excursion trains are a regular feature in Old Sacramento during the summer. 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

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

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

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