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Father’s Day Activities at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park!

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Date(s) - 06/21/2015
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Railtown 1897 SHP


Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) plans to treat dads and granddads extra special this Father’s Day — Sunday, June 21, 2015 — by pulling out the famous “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3 for excursion train rides (regular ticket prices apply). In addition, Railtown 1897 will give away complimentary commemorative Belgian chocolate bars (while supplies last) to all fathers — and grandfathers, too — who take a train ride and are accompanied by a child or children.

In addition to the excursion train rides and treats for dads and granddads, kids will receive rail-related goodie bags (while supplies last) and there are lots of fun, interactive and interpretive-related activities happening at the Park, including:

– The Depot Store, historic Roundhouse & Shops, Interpretive Center and grounds are open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with guided tours available;
– Hands on History boxes on the deck where volunteers conduct “show and tell” activities and allow visitors to touch and learn about riveting, railroad signaling, track laying and more;
– Historic caboose visits where guests can climb aboard a historic wooden caboose — the very same one from Little House on the Prairie and Back to the Future III – to get a sense of what it was like to be a brakeman on the railroad;
– Visits inside the locomotive cab are available to get new and interesting perspectives of the Park and railroading in general;
– Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on-site on the sprawling Roundhouse lawn.

With train ride departures at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Father’s Day, capacity is limited and visitors are encouraged to arrive early. Train ride tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youths ages 6-17 and kids five and under are free. All train ride tickets include Park admission and are available for advance purchase at www.railtown1897.org as well as at the ticket window beginning at 10 a.m. on the day of the ride (based on availability). Park admission costs are $5 for adults, $3 for youths ages 6-17 and free for children five and under.