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May 2019

Memorial Day Weekend Festivities

May 25 - May 27

To kick off the summer season in rail-related style, popular weekend excursion trains will run throughout the extended Memorial Day holiday weekend – May 25, 26 and 27, 2019. Additionally, on Saturday and Sunday, crowd-favorite Speeder rides and interactive activities and crafts are available. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the sprawling Roundhouse lawn. With regular excursion train ride departures at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Memorial Day Weekend, capacity is limited and visitors are…

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June 2019

Return of the Sierra No. 28!

June 1 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Join us Saturday, June 1 to celebrate the return of the Sierra No. 28! Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation proudly invite families, friends and rail fans of all ages to celebrate the return to service for the historic steam locomotive Baldwin No. 28 on Saturday, June 1, 2019. To mark the special occasion, guests to Railtown 1897 State Historic Park will enjoy complimentary Speeder rides, live musical entertainment performed by…

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Wednesday Train Rides

June 12 - July 31
train at junction

Railtown 1897 will offer two diesel train rides on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and noon starting June 12 through July 31, 2019. 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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Father’s Day

June 16
steam engine

Railtown 1897 welcomes dads and granddads this Father's Day. Railtown 1897 will be running steam that day and 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 the Depot Store, on a first-come, first-served basis. All train ride…

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August 2019

Robbery on the Rails

August 31 - September 2

Join Railtown 1897 for a Robbery on the Rails theatrical steam train excursion ride experiences over the extended Labor Day Weekend, August 31 - September 2. Designed using some Hollywood-style creative license to add to the fun, four 45-minute family-friendly excursion train rides will be offered each day at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., and will be appropriately pulled by a steam locomotive” Tapping into the Wild West portrayed by the film industry, train rider will be…

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October 2019

Apple Harvest Day

October 5
green apples in a crate

Celebrate Apple Harvest Day at Railtown 1897 on Saturday, October 5, 2019. 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 5 - October 27
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. 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 5-6), Superheroes & Villains (October…

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Tales of the Roundhouse

October 18
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 18. 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 have the special opportunity to tour the historic park…

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Tricks, Treats & Train Rides

October 19
four women dressed for Halloween

Tricks, Treats & 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 (treat bag provided), a magic show, crafts and games, and more. As a special treat, evening train rides are offered at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. with seating on a first come, first served basis. Please pick up your train tickets at the ticket office upon entrance. All children must…

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November 2019

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 Monday, November 11, 2019. 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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