Take Dad for a train ride this Father's Day. Both the State Railroad Museum and its sister attraction, Railtown 1897 in Jamestown, will be offering excursions pulled by vintage steam and diesel locomotives.
Railtown's famous "Movie Star Locomotive" Sierra No. 3 and Caboose No. 7 will take guests for the six-mile, 40-minute excursion through the beautiful Gold Country foothills. And to celebrate the holiday dads (and granddads) will receive commemorative Belgium chocolate bars, while the kids get balloons.
In Old Sacramento the usual excursion trains will be running every hour taking passengers for a scenic 40-minute jaunt along the Sacramento River. Buy tickets online or first come, first served on the day of the ride. A special treat this Sunday is the display of seven rarely-seen vintage diesel locomotives -- two inside the museum, five outside the building.
What: "Diesels & Dads" on Father's Day!
Where: California State Railroad Museum, Old Sacramento State Historic Park. Special diesels on display inside and outside the Museum. Excursion trains depart from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot (on Front St. between J and K Sts.).
When: June 17, 2012. Museum hours 10 to 5 p.m. Special diesels on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Weekend excursion train rides depart hourly from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Museum admission: $9 adults; $4 youths ages 6-17; free for children ages 5 and under. Excursion train rides: $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
What: Steam-Powered Excursion Train Rides on Father's Day!
Where: Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, Jamestown
When: June 17, 2012. Excursion trains depart hourly from 11 to 3 p.m.
Cost: $13 adults, $6 youths ages 6-17, free for children 5 and under (includes Park admission).
For more info: 209-984-3953 or visit website
PHOTO CREDIT: Southern Pacific Diesel 6051 locomotive. Courtesy California State Road Museum