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Railtown 1897 Opening Weekend of Excursion Train Rides

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Date(s) - 04/01/2023 - 04/02/2023
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Railtown 1897 Historic State Park Jamestown


In partnership with the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown will present a new season of weekend excursion train rides starting on April 1-2, 2023. The historic 1265 diesel engine will be operating all weekend and excursion train ride departures for both days are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. To add to the excitement, Engine Group 49 will be displaying vintage gas-powered equipment at the Park during opening weekend.

Weekend train ride guests will enjoy a memorable six-mile, 45-minute round trip ride along the rails of the famous “Movie Railroad,” including past the iconic water tank seen in “Petticoat Junction,” a popular TV show that aired in the 60s and early 70s. The Park will also be open for self-guided tours and exhibits will include interpretive signage. Excursion trains, programs, and activities will continue throughout the year and visitors are encouraged to plan a historic train ride or a day at the Park to enjoy a tour, picnic, or leisurely stroll around the grounds. The Park will be open daily April through October for its summer season from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for self-guided or docent-led tours throughout the day and exhibits with interpretive signage.

After resuming regular train operations on April 1-2, popular and picturesque 45-minute excursion train rides will continue weekends through September 2023. Then starting on June 7 and continuing through July 26, Wednesday train rides will be available with departures at 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to purchase excursion train ride tickets online in advance. If still available on the day of the train ride, tickets can be purchased at the Depot Store on a first-come, first-served basis. All paid train ride tickets include Park admission and cost $20 for adults, $15 for youth ages 6-17 and are free for children five and under.

More information and advance excursion train ride tickets are available via this link. For more information about Railtown 1897’s events and activities and the park in general, please visit or call 209-983-3953. For more information about the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, please visit