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May 10, 2012
Ride a vintage train on Mother's Day

GraniteRockl.JPGHere's a different kind of Mother's Day gift: a leisurely train ride behind a vintage locomotive. These 40-minute, six mile excursions along the Sacramento River start and end in Old Sacramento. Passengers can ride in open-air gondolas cars with bench seating or closed coaches with more comfortable seats. Moms who ride on Sunday receive a complimentary Decadent Double Fudge Dipped Cake Pop (while supplies last). Tickets may be purchased Sunday on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10:30.

Saturday is National Train Day. In celebration excursion rides will be pulled by two streamlined diesel locomotives: Southern Pacific 6051 and Western Pacific 913.

What: Excursion Train Rides on Mother's Day!
Where: Trains depart from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot, Front Street between J and K Streets in Old Sacramento
When: May 13. Departing hourly from 11 a.m. to 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 observation car.
For more info: 916-445-6645 or website

News Release

PHOTO CREDIT: Granite Rock No. 10 is one of the historic locomotives that pull excursion trains through Old Sacramento. 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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