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June 2018

Wednesday Train Rides

June 20 - August 15
train at junction

Railtown 1897 will offer two diesel train rides on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and noon starting June 20 through August 15, 2018. All excursion train ride passengers will be treated to a six-mile, 45-minute round trip ride along the rails of the famous "Movie Railroad," passing through California's scenic Gold Country where scenes from many Hollywood movies were filmed. Guests are encouraged to spend the day at Railtown 1897 SHP by touring the Park and learning more about its authentic…

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August 2018

National Night Out

August 7 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Railtown 1897 SHP will be open from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on August 7 in celebration of National Night Out. Special activities will be offered, including free Park admission, free excursion train rides behind a historic diesel locomotive, free speeder rides, fun giveaways (while supplies last), canine demonstrations by California State Parks, K9 Unit, hands-on activities for children, plus “meet and greet” opportunities with several local law enforcement agencies. With one departure that evening at 5 p.m., excursion train…

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September 2018

Robbery on the Rails

September 1 @ 10:30 am - September 3 @ 3:00 pm

Fun for all ages, a 45-minute steam train ride becomes a story straight out of Hollywood. Departures at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on September 1-3. Movies are a big part of Railtown 1897’s history. More than 100 movies and TV shows were filmed at, or near, Railtown 1897. While not always factual, the movies often depicted gritty outlaws and gun-slinging robbers on the run from the law. These wanted felons were generally apprehended by the respected…

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Working on the Railroad: A Celebration of Sierra Railway Workers

September 15
men repairing a train engine

Railtown 1897 is proud to present the 5th Annual "Working on the Railroad—A Celebration of Sierra Railway Workers" on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The special event was created to recognize and honor the hundreds of former Sierra Railway and Sierra Railroad workers, their descendants and family members. The celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include special activities and elements such as a "Memory Wall" and interpretive display with photographs and stories about former workers…

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October 2018

Apple Harvest Day

October 6
green apples in a crate

Celebrate Apple Harvest Day at Railtown 1897 on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Apple Harvest Day celebrates the history of apple production in Tuolumne County—which dates back to the early days of the gold rush—and the Sierra Railway's part in both promoting apple cultivation and transporting the produce and products. The special event will include interpretive displays, a slide presentation on the history of Tuolumne County apples, crafts and games for kids, a free booklet on fun apple facts and trivia…

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Harvest Haunt Express

October 6 - October 28
man dressed as a pirate talking to girl in a dress

Railtown 1897 is proud to offer family-friendly "Harvest Haunt Express" train rides on all four weekends in October 2018. With the train whimsically decorated for Halloween and staffed by a "skeleton crew," the popular train rides take place aboard an excursion train that departs at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Train ride guests are encouraged to get in the spirit and dress up according to these fun weekly themes: Critters & Creatures (October 6-7), Superheroes & Villains…

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Tricks, Treats & Train Rides

October 13
four women dressed for Halloween

Tricks, Treats and Train Rides offers families a safe and fun trick or treat location and delightful, not frightful, Halloween activities. Hosted from 5 to 8 p.m., tickets include various candy stations, a magic show, theme crafts and games, and more. As a special treat, evening train rides are offered at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Train tickets are limited and expected to sell out. Tickets are $15 adults and $10 youth ages 2-17. Regular admission to the event is $8…

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Tales of the Roundhouse

October 19
ghostly figure on a train

Lantern-lit "Tales of the Roundhouse" returns with haunted tours and nighttime steam train ride on one special evening, Friday, October 19, 2018 with tours starting at 6:30 and 7 p.m. Led by engaging and entertaining guides, "Tales of the Roundhouse" participants will hear the real life and death tales of past railroad workers and passengers who lost their lives in ghastly accidents, gruesome train wrecks and sometimes by cold-blooded murder. First introduced in 2016, "Tales of the Roundhouse" guests will…

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November 2018

Veteran’s Day Train Rides

November 11
three men operating a train

To honor their service and celebrate the patriotic holiday Railtown 1897 is proud to offer veterans and active military personnel with complimentary excursion train rides plus complimentary Park admission on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Veteran and active military personnel are encouraged to wear their uniforms with pride while enjoying a special excursion train ride behind diesel locomotive No. 1265, a 1952 former Army diesel which last served at the Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant. The special diesel locomotive will be operated…

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THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

November 23 - December 15
children looking out train windows

2018 Train Ride Dates Friday & Saturday, November 23 & 24 Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 30 - December 16 Departure Times 4:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Ticket Pricing Coach Seating: $50 per person* First Class Seating: $70 per person* *An additional service fee of $6 per ticket will apply at purchase checkout. Children under 2 years of age are free and must be seated on an adult’s lap. 2018 Ticket Sales Dates October 9 & 10: Member…

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