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Railtown 1897 “Skeleton Starlight” Train

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Date(s) - 10/21/2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park


California State Parks, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation are thrilled to offer haunted “Skeleton Starlight” excursion train rides on four Saturday evenings this fall on October 7, 14, 21 and 28. Pulled by a former U.S. Army diesel locomotive (returning to active duty while steam locomotives are undergoing maintenance), the 50-minute “Skeleton Starlight trains depart at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Staffed by a “skeleton crew,” the frightfully fun haunted excursion train rides on the old Sierra Railway will journey to a spooky western ghost town where riders will be met by a coven of local witches handing out tasty Halloween treats.

Located in the heart of California’s Gold Country, Railtown 1897 SHP combines railroad heritage, local history and the lure of Hollywood and is one of only two authentic and still-operating short line steam-era railroad roundhouse complexes in the entire country. The Park is also home to the famous “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3®, which has an impressive history of starring in more than 100 film and television productions such as “High Noon,” “Back to the Future III” and “Petticoat Junction.”

Tickets for the spirited “Skeleton Starlight” excursion train rides (which include Park admission) are $35 for adults, $20 for youths ages 3-17, and children ages 2 and under are free. For these special train rides, Railtown 1897 members receive discounted admission of $30 for adults, $17 for youth. To make advance online reservations, please visit or call 209-984-3953 for more information.