You hear that train a-comin'? Comin' 'round the bend? It's the Amtrak 40th Anniversary Exhibit Train, and will pause on its national tour for a stop this weekend in Old Sacramento.
Climb aboard for a free tour. Look around. You'll find displays of memorabilia in celebration of Amtrak's four decades as America's passenger rail provider. Check out the campy advertising, old menus and dinnerware from dining cars, and some of the uniforms from years gone by.
The Exhibit Train will be docked at Old Sacramento State Historic Park, along I Street. Tour hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
If the young ones get restless, look for Chugginton Depot in front of the California State Railroad Museum. The "depot" will be filled with free activities for children
Inside the museum (with paid admission) will be "special celebratory activities." Those include Saturday-only showings (11 a.m. and 3 p.m.) of the film "Amtrack: The First 40 Years," to be introduced by film producer Rich Luckin.
While you're inside, take a walkabout through the 100,000-square-foot museum and be awed by the collection of 21 restored locomotives and rail-related exhibits - including "Toy Trains and Model Railroads."
Museum admission is $9 adults, $4 ages 6-17, free for ages 5 and younger.