It's going to be a very special ride on the Sacramento Southern excursion train this Saturday evening when Mark Twain will be on hand to reminisce about his railroad experiences in the Golden State. He'll share stories at the Eagle Theater first, and then it's "All Abroad" with the author on the six mile jaunt along the Sacramento River pulled by a vintage locomotive.
Twain (aka local actor Paul Kaunert) will be accompanied by fiddler Dave Rainwater who'll entertain passengers with old-time folk music.
This is a one-time-only event, so advance ticket purchases (which include both the train ride and the Eagle performance) are highly recommended.
What: "Riding the Rails with Mark Twain"
Where: California State Railroad Museum, Old Sacramento. Train departs from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot, Front St. between J and K Sts.
When: July 7. 6:30 p.m. performance inside the Eagle Theatre. 7:30 p.m. excursion train departs
Cost: $24 adults; $12 youths ages 6-17; free for children ages 5 and under
For more info: 916-445-5995 or website
PHOTO CREDIT: Mother Lode fiddler Dave Rainwater and Mark Twain actor Pat Kaunert at the State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento. Courtesy California State Railroad Museum