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April 2019

Opening Weekend of Excursion Train Ride Season!

April 6 - April 7
people boarding train

To celebrate the opening of the excursion train ride season on April 6-7, 2019, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is offering FREE train rides behind their 1952 Baldwin Whitcomb No.1265 historic diesel locomotive all weekend long. With departures at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., weekend train ride guests enjoy a memorable six-mile, 45-minute round trip ride along the rails of the famous "Movie Railroad." Capacity is limited for excursion rides so visitors are encouraged to arrive early.…

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Wildflower Trains

April 14 - April 21
train going past wildflowers

With spring in full bloom experience spring wildflowers from aboard our special Wildflower Train Rides available on four weekend dates—April 13, 14, 20 & 21—and depart from the Depot promptly at 3 p.m. Arrive early! Prior to boarding the train, passengers will have the opportunity to learn about the wildflowers of California's Sierra Nevada foothills by watching an informative presentation hosted by Railtown 1897's Interpretive staff. Wildflower Trains feature naturalists and Interpretive Park Rangers from the nearby Bureau of Reclamation's…

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Easter at Railtown 1897

April 21
Easter at Railtown

Join us at the Park this Easter Sunday! The historic park offers a great place to celebrate the holiday with an egg hunt for children, train rides behind a historic diesel locomotive, hands-on crafts and an opportunity to meet the Easter bunny. To accommodate the various ages of children, there will be an egg hunt for ages 4 and under, one for ages 5 to 7 and another for ages 8 to 11. With special activities happening all day long,…

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May 2019

Mother’s Day

May 12
small boy looking at flowers

Treat mom to an extra special Mother's Day by taking an excursion train ride behind a historic diesel locomotive. With beautiful wildflowers still in bloom, the six-mile, 45-minute roundtrip ride takes passengers through the rolling Gold Country foothills, passing through meadows and along grassy hillsides covered with ancient oak trees. Train ride departures at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. All train ride tickets include Park admission and cost $15 for adults, $10 for youth ages 6-17 and…

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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

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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