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Railtown 1897 Presents “The Twilight Limited”

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Date(s) - 06/26/2021
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


As part of a year-long 50th Anniversary Celebration, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation are proud to present “The Twilight Limited,” a blast from the not-so-distant past. To be held on Saturday, June 26, 2021, this unique evening event will feature fun, food, entertainment, and memories.

Even though the Sierra Railroad had been in business since 1897, it was not until May of 1971 that the facility at Jamestown was opened to the public. Named “Rail Town 1897,” the railroad marketed the Jamestown rail complex as a one-of-a-kind destination, providing fun and nostalgia for the whole family. During the 1970s, special themed trains were created at Rail Town, including the popular “Twilight Limited” Barbeque Train. The historic facility at Jamestown became a part of the California State Parks system in the early 1980s, and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park continues the Sierra Railroad’s legacy of creating lasting and memorable experiences. Throughout 2021, Railtown is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a tourist destination with a series of special events all year, giving visitors some unique opportunities to experience the feel and romance of the past half-century.

“The Twilight Limited” last ran in the mid-1990s, but Railtown 1897 has brought it back for a special one-time-only event. Guests will be treated to a hearty Chuckwagon BBQ dinner in the Park’s picnic area, while enjoying live music provided by local band “Primitivo.” After dinner, it’s “All Aboard!” for a special twilight train ride behind one of the railroad’s historic steam locomotives. During the ride, the entertainment continues with live music and dancing in the railroad’s special Dance Car, a historic railroad car converted just for those who like to boogie. The evening is capped off with dessert served aboard the train, and a sunset arrival back at the station.

With safety measures in place in compliance with all state, city, and county guidelines, check-in for this special event starts at 4:45 p.m., with dinner served from 5-6:30 p.m. The train departs from the Railtown depot at 7 p.m., for a leisurely 1 1/2-hour ride through the foothills of the Mother Lode region. Space is limited, and tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets cost $100 each and can be purchased online via this link:

In addition to the special “The Twilight Limited” event, more special activities and programs will continue throughout the year. Visitors are also encouraged to plan a day at the Park to enjoy a guided tour, a picnic under the Park’s shady oak trees, or a trip on one of the weekend “Mother Lode Cannonball” train rides. For more information on these fun and family-friendly experiences, visitors should call Railtown 1897 SHP at 209-983-3953.

For more information about Railtown 1897’s celebratory activities and the park in general, please visit; for more information about the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, please visit