Railtown 1897 State Historic Park


Home to the Historic Jamestown Shops and Roundhouse

Hours of Operation

Open Daily (November-March, 10:00am-3:00pm; April-October, 9:30am-4:30pm)

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

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride trains run in December, click here for more details.

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

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Behind-the-Scene Tours
Every 2nd Tuesday of the month, April through October

Tours start at 10:00 am. Encouraged to ask questions, interested Park visitors can peek in the Roundhouse to watch the work being done during the Shop Tours.  The historic Sierra No. 28 locomotive has been completely dis-assembled, corroded areas of the boiler have been replaced with new material, and the crew has been busy at work replacing over 400 staybolts.  This marks a turning point in the project, as Railtown 1897 SHP staff will soon begin the re-assembly.  When the staybolts have been completed, installation will begin with new tubes in the boiler.  In addition to the Shop Tours, those interested can follow along on the repair progress on Railtown 1897 SHP’s blog at www.railtown1897.wordpress.com. Once repairs are completed, Sierra No. 28 is expected to return to service. 
The cost for the unique Shop Tours experience is included with Park admission. Railtown 1897 SHP admission costs are as follows:  $5 for adults, $3 for youths ages 6-17 and free for children five and under.  More information about the Shop Tours, Sierra No. 28 or Railtown 1897 SHP is available by calling 209-984-3953 or visiting www.railtown1897.org.

 

Excursion Train Rides
Weekends through October
10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Ride behind a historic steam or diesel locomotive on a train trip through California's scenic Gold Country! Your 6-mile, 45-minute round-trip train ride will take you past the water tower from "Petticoat Junction," and transport you from the backyards of Jamestown to the rugged hillsides of California's Mother Lode country.

  

Harvest Haunt Express
October 1 & 2, 15 & 16, 22 & 23, 29 & 30
The family-friendly Harvest Haunt Express celebrates the season with a "skeleton crew". Riders are encouraged to dress according to weekly themes.

 

Tales of the Roundhouse
October 22

Tour Times: 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.

Evening tours of the historic roundhouse. Real-life & death stories of the railroad lives lost, why brakemen had the most dangerous job on the railroad, train wrecks and more. 

 

Polar Express Train Ride Ticket Sales
October 13
General public ticket sales

 

Veteran's Day Trains
November 11
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Celebrate Veteran's Day with a train ride behind an ex-military diesel locomotive with crew members who are veterans. Veterans ride free.

 

Polar Express Train Ride
December 2-4, 9-11, 16-18
Relive the magical journey of the Polar Express on an hour-long train ride to the North Pole. Enjoy hot-hot-hot chocolate and yummy cookies as you ride along with many of the story's characters. When you reach the North Pole, the jolly old elf - Santa himself - will come on board to give each passenger a silver sleigh bell, "the first gift of Christmas". Tickets go on sale October 6th, 2016.

 

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