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May 20, 2013
Railroad museums offer special Memorial weekend activities
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Memorial Day is coming up, and that means big doings at the rail museums in Old Sacramento and Jamestown in Tuolumne County.

To help celebrate the Sacramento Music Festival, the California State Railroad Museum will offer musical performances inside the museum and on the Sacramento Southern excursion trains that will operate all during the extended weekend. In addition, festival badge holders will enjoy free admission to the museum. Several musical venues will be close by.

Down at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, the excursion trains will run all three weekend days. Sierra No. 3, the "movie star" steam locomotive, will operate Saturday and Sunday and the vintage diesel engine on Monday. Singer Jim Nelson of the Black Irish Band will entertain passengers on every ride. Visitors can also enjoy tours of the famous Caboose No. 7, special equipment demonstrations and picnicking on the Roundhouse lawn.

What: Jazz Festival Activities at the California State Railroad Museum
Where: California State Railroad Museum, Old Sacramento State Historic Park. Excursion trains depart from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot (on Front Street between J and K Streets)
When: May 24-27 - special activities inside the Museum. May 25-27 - excursion trains running. Museum open 10 to 5 p.m. Excursion trains depart hourly from 11 to 5 p.m. (Saturday through Monday)
Cost: Museum admission -- $10 adults, $5 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; free for children 5 and under).
For more info: 916-445-6645 or website

What: Excursion Train Rides Over Memorial Day Weekend
Where: Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, Jamestown
When: May 25-27. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (trains depart on the hour)
Cost: General train ride tickets - $15 adults, $8 youths ages 6-17, free for children 5 and under
For more info: 209-984-3953 or website

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PHOTO CREDIT: Dancers enjoy the music inside the Railroad Museum during the 2011 Sacramento Music Festival. 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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