Railtown 1897 State Historic Park


Home to the Historic Jamestown Shops and Roundhouse

Hours of Operation

Open Daily (April-October, 9:30am-4:30pm; November-March, 10am-3pm)

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Trains operate every Saturday and Sunday from April-October, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm & 3:00pm

Special holiday trains run in December.

Railtown 1897 SHP
PO Box 1250 / 10501 Reservoir Road
Jamestown, CA 95327
(209) 984-3953

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 Behind-the-Scenes Roundhouse Tours -  2nd Tuesday of each month

As part of this special opportunity, visitors will have the chance to get an up-close viewing of exciting repair work currently underway on Sierra No. 28, a historic "workhorse" steam locomotive.  

 

Volunteer Open House - January 31
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Come see how you can support the park while learning more about California's rich history.  Volunteer applications must be submitted by February 10 and Volunteer Training begins February 14.   Click for more information about volunteers.

 

Roundhouse Day - February 14
Come by and see what happens during the winter months to prepare the locomotive and cars for the operating season.  A behind the scenes tour of the Roundhouse will be offered.

 

Opening Weekend for Excursion Train Rides - April 4 & 5
Arrive early at 7:00 am and watch the crew prepare the train for the day in the historic roundhouse.  Grand opening festivities will be happening on both days. This weekend only, Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne County residents ride trains for free (proof of residency required).  NEW departure times for 2015: 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, and 3:00 pm.  Steam engine will run on Saturdays and Diesel engine will run on Sundays, unless otherwise noted. 

 

Wildflower Trains - April 11 & 18
Special afternoon Wildflower Train at 3:00 pm! After a short video presentation passengers will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with wildflowers of the Sierra Nevada foothills.  Once on board the train, naturalists will answer questions and point out wildflower groupings along the way. Train departs at 3:30pm.

 

Special Book Signing - April 25
Special meet and greet with Barbara Hettwer, author of The Seamstress of Jamestown on Saturday, April 25. Hettwer will be at the Park from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm to talk with visitors and sign copies of her novel that was set in historic Jamestown in the late 1800s. A work of fiction that is immersed in history, The Seamstress of Jamestown will be also be available for purchase at the Depot Store. 

 

Mother's Day - May 10

Special treat for moms aboard the train when accompanied by a child.

 

Memorial Day Weekend - May 23-25

Regular excursion trains depart Saturday, Sunday and Monday over the holiday weekend.  Steam operations on Saturday and Sunday, diesel on Monday.  Also enjoy the opening weekend of In Train View, a Railtown 1897 State Historic Park photographic exhibit by the Sonora Photo Club in the Carriage Room.  This exhibit continues through Labor Day. 

 

Singing Rails Event - June 6
As long as there have been trains, there have been train songs to sing. An important part of the American Railroad experience. 

 

Father's Day - June 21
Special treats for dad aboard the train when accompanied by a child.

 

Wednesday Diesel Train Rides - July 1 - August 26
Enjoy mid-week train rides Wednesday's only during July and August. 

 

Story Time in the Caboose - July 1 - August 26 (WEDNESDAY'S ONLY)
Volunteers will read a story in the Caboose at 12:00 p.m.

 

 

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