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May 2018

Memorial Day Weekend Festivities

May 26 - May 28

To kick off the summer season in rail-related style, popular weekend excursion trains will run throughout the extended Memorial Day holiday weekend – May 26, 27 and 28, 2018. On Saturday and Sunday, steam-powered excursion train rides behind the famous Sierra No. 3® are available; then on Monday, visitors have the opportunity to take a ride behind a vintage diesel locomotive. Additionally, on Saturday and Sunday, crowd-favorite Speeder rides and interactive activities and crafts are available. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy…

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June 2018

Father’s Day

June 17
steam engine

Railtown 1897 plans to treat dads and granddads extra special this Father's Day by pulling out the famous "Movie Star Locomotive" Sierra No. 3® for excursion train rides. Interested guests can enjoy a relaxing six-mile, 45-minute round trip ride along the rails of the famous "Movie Railroad." With train ride departures at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Father's Day, capacity is limited and visitors are encouraged to get ticket early. Tickets are available online or at…

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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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September 2018

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 24 - December 16
children looking out train windows

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. Once you reach the North Pole, the jolly old elf—Santa himself—will come on board to give each passenger a silver sleighbell, the "first gift of Christmas". Tickets go on sale in October 2018 and are sold ONLINE ONLY through this website. Check back soon for more information!

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