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June 11, 2013
Treat Dad to a vintage train ride this Father's Day

Thumbnail image for SP Diesel 6051.jpgTrains and dads just sort of go together. So this Father's Day give your pop a ride on a vintage steam or diesel locomotive. Railtown 1897 and the California State Railroad Museum are both offering special excursions this weekend.

In Old Sacramento, two streamlined diesels -- Western Pacific No. 913 and Southern Pacific "Daylight" No. 6051 -- will take passengers on the 45-minute rides along the Sacramento River. These engines are fine examples of first generation diesel-electric locomotives built in the 1940s-50s. Excursion tickets are available on a same-day, first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10:30 at the Sacramento Southern depot (Front St. between J and K Sts.).

Down in Jamestown (Tuolumne County) at Railtown State Historic Park, Sierra No. 3 -- the famous steam locomotive seen often in movies and television -- will take visitors on scenic rides this Sunday through Gold Country foothills. As a special holiday bonus, fathers will receive complimentary chocolate and kids complimentary balloons. Riders will be serenaded by cowboy singer Keith Keenom. In addition, Railtown's depot store, Roundhouse, Interpretative Center and Caboose No. 7 will be open.

What: "Diesels & Dads" on Father's Day Weekend!
Where: California State Railroad Museum, Old Sacramento State Historic Park. Excursion trains depart from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot (on Front St. between J and K Sts.).
When: June 15 & 16. Weekend excursion train rides depart hourly from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: 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). Museum admission: $10 adults; $5 youths ages 6-17; free for children ages 5 and under.
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 16. Trains depart hourly from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $15 adults, $8 youths ages 6-17, free for children 5 and under (includes Park admission).
For more info: 209-984-3953 or website

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PHOTO CREDIT: Sacramento Southern's SP 6051 Diesel locomotive. Courtesy California State Railroad Museum

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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

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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

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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

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