Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

Home to the Historic Jamestown Shops and Roundhouse

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Events and Exhibits

Working on the Railroad: A Celebration of Sierra Railway Workers
September 20th
11:00 am - 3:00 pm 

Share your family history! Event will include a Behind-the-Scenes look at the Shops, Roundhouse, Warehouse and other areas, with a focus on the workers who practiced their trades, their job duties and who they were. Check back for more details...


Story Time in the Caboose - Every Wednesday at 11:00 am

Come down and enjoy a story read in our perfect red Caboose -- the same Caboose that has been featured in Back to the Future, Little Hours on the Prairie, and many other movies. Bring a picnic lunch and eat under the oak trees and then take a train ride at 12:00 pm or 2:00 pm.  


Diesel Days - Every Wednesday from July 2nd- August 27th  
Announcing Wednesday train rides! Every Wednesday in July and August at 12pm and 2pm.


Rods to Rails - July 26th
Join us for the 2nd Annual Rods to Rails Car Show as Hot Rods take over the streets of Jamestown, and classic cars are on display on our shaded lawn. Sponsored by the Promotion Club of Jamestown.


Labor Day Weekend - September August 30th, 31st and September 1st
Regular excursion train rides depart Saturday, Sunday, and Monday over the holiday weekend. 


Ongoing Tuesdays - 10am-noon - Behind-the-Scenes Shop Tours

Due to their popularity, weekly Behind-the-Scenes Shop Tours of Railtown 1897 State Historic Park are now available on Tuesday mornings on an ongoing basis! This is your chance to get an up-close look at routine maintenance and specialized work happening on current projects in the historic Roundhouse as well as in the Tri-Dam shop (a Cold War-era machine shop used to repair, replace or service parts for operating equipment, cars, steam and diesel locomotives). Keep in mind, parts for steam engines -- and sometimes vintage diesel locomotives -- cannot be purchased and must be manufactured on-site making Railtown 1897 SHP one of the most accessible places around to watch this specialized work being performed. After a brief slide show, a knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteer host will guide visitors to the historic shops to meet and ask questions of skilled paid and volunteer staff who are actively working on projects and activities that keep the historic shops alive. Mark your calendar to spend your Tuesday mornings joining the Shop Tours and watching this important work get done!


For more information on any of the listed events, please call (209) 984-3953.