Railtown 1897 SHP will offer train excursion rides this Independence Day holiday. Passengers can enjoy the famed Caboose No. 7 pulled by Sierra No. 3, the "Movie Star Locomotive" through beautiful Gold Country hills. In addition, the band Sequoia will perform old-time music on the Fourth.
Tickets for these 40-minute, six-mile jaunts are available for advance purchase online, or at the Park starting 10 a.m. on the day of the ride.
Railtown was one of the 70 state parks slated for closure last year. To help it stay open, the Sonora Area Foundation and Irving J. Symons Foundation and have donated a $75,000 matching grant. The deadline for raising matching funds is July 31. You can help with the effort by making a contribution online or in person at the Park.
What: Train Rides Behind Sierra No. 3 during 4th of July Holiday!
Where: Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, Jamestown
When: June 30, July 1 and 4. Trains depart hourly from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $13 adults, $6 youths ages 6-17, free for children 5 and under
For more info: 209-984-3953 or visit website
PHOTO CREDIT: Sierra No. 3, the steam locomotive at Railtown in Jamestown (Tuolumne County). Courtesy Railtown 1897 SHP