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April 2018

Opening Weekend of Excursion Train Ride Season!

April 7 - April 8
people boarding train

To celebrate the opening of the excursion train ride season on April 7-8, 2018, 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." The public is invited to kick-off the season with live entertainment on both…

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Wildflower Trains

April 21 - April 29
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 21, 22, 28 & 29—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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May 2018

Mother’s Day

May 13
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. For those wanting to treat mom extra special on Mother's Day, the luxury lounge coach No. 2901 will be available on a first come, first serve basis. With train ride…

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Memorial Day Weekend Festivities

May 26 - May 28

Due to unforeseen mechanical issues, diesel-only will run May 26-28. 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. 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, or purchase food from the Kiwanis Club who will be barbecuing onsite. With regular excursion…

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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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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

Join Railtown 1897 for a Robbery on the Rails theatrical steam train excursion ride experiences over the extended Labor Day Weekend, September 1-3. 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 the famous Sierra No. 3® “Movie Star Locomotive.” Throughout the weekend, entertainment will be provided by Sierra Nevada Guns for…

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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 celebrate and honor the hundreds of former Sierra Railway and Sierra Railroad workers, their descendants and family members who built, maintained and operated the railroad. The interpretive event is focused on sharing information about the workers who practiced their trades, their job duties and who they were as individuals and community…

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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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