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July 2, 2012
Catch Mark Twain on a train Saturday in Old Sacramento

Mark Twain had plenty of experience riding the rails. Sacramento's most famous chronicler knew a thing or two about the Sacramento River, too.

So, what better tour guide on a summer evening down by the river than Twain on a train?

Saturday, the California State Railroad Museum presents "Riding the Rails with Mark Twain," a special event that combines Twain lore with a riverside sunset ride aboard the Sacramento Southern Railroad.

The show starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Eagle Theatre in Old Sacramento. Twain, as portrayed by Pat Kaunert, will spin tales of life on the rails while accompanied by fiddler Dave Rainwater.

At 7:30 p.m., it's all aboard the Sacramento Southern Railroad for a leisurely excursion along the river, with Twain and Rainwater providing entertainment and travelogue. Refreshments include lemonade and iced tea for the river ride.

Tickets are $24 for adults, $12 for you ages 6 to 17. Children age 5 and under are admitted free. Seats are limited, so reservations are recommended.

For more details and tickets, click on or call (916) 445-5995.

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