In Jamestown Sierra No. 3, the famous "movie star" steam locomotive will carry passengers for the usual 40-minute excursion through Gold Country Hills on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday Railtown's diesel electric engines will take over the rides. Once back at the Roundhouse visitors can get a tour of the facility, enjoy a picnic lunch and listen to old-timey fiddle music by Dave Rainwater. You can buy train tickets in advance online or on site on a first come-first served basis the day of the ride.
In Old Sacramento a ride on the Sacramento Southern will be a great addition to a visit to Gold Rush Days. These excursions take passengers on a 40-minute tour across the scenic Sacramento River levees. You can choose to ride in the open-air gondola or the posh El Dorado air-conditioned observation car. Purchase tickets in advance or in-person the same day at the Sacramento Southern ticket office on Front St.
What: Steam-Powered Excursion Train Rides - Expanded Schedule Over Labor Day Weekend!
Where: Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, Jamestown
When: Sept. 1-3. Departing 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
What: Weekend Excursion Train Rides - Expanded Schedule During Gold Rush Days!
Where: Trains depart from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot (on Front Street between J and K Street) in Old Sacramento State Historic Park.
When: Sept. 1-3. 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). Normal Railroad Museum admission fees apply during Gold Rush Days $9 adults, $4 youths ages 6-17, free for children ages 5 and under.
For more info: 916-445-6645 or website