Keep Railtown Rolling! Become a Railtown 1897 Member today!

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is operated by California State Parks, and receives substantial support from the California State Railroad Museum Foundation. The Foundation raises and manages funds to assist State Parks in fulfilling Railtown 1897’s mission of education and preservation.

Basic Membership Benefits

  • Free admission to Railtown 1897 State Historic Park*
  • Free excursion train rides on the Sierra Railway*
  • 10% discount at the Depot Store**
  • 15% discount on photographic reproduction orders from the CSRM Library
  • Invitation to member-only events, including the annual Midsummer’s Night at the Museum events in Sacramento
  • Opportunity to participate in member advance ticket sales for THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Rides operated by the California State Railroad Museum Foundation
  • Annual membership pin
  • Subscription to the On Track! magazine

* Excluding special ticketed events and train rides.
**Excluding magazines and already discounted items.

Membership Levels:

$30 Switchman

Admits one named adult

$40 Handcar Club

Admits one named child (age 12 or under) and one adult guest

$55 Hostler

Admits two named adults

$90 Telegrapher

Admits two named adults and member’s children or grandchildren (under the age of 18), plus two additional guests

Includes basic benefits, plus:

  • Admission and excursion train ride privileges at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento*
  • 10% discount at the California State Railroad Museum Store**
  • Invitation to the annual Midsummer’s Night at the Museum event in Sacramento
$150 Freight Agent

Admits two named adults and member’s children or grandchildren (under the age of 18), plus four additional guests

Includes Telegrapher benefits, plus:

  • Two annual membership pins
  • Invitation for two to the annual Behind-the-Scenes Tour in Sacramento
  • North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) benefits for two adults to over 850 museums across the U.S.
$275 Yardmaster

Admits two named adults and member’s children or grandchildren (under the age of 18), plus six additional guests

Includes Freight Agent benefits, plus:

  • Two annual Trainmaster membership pins
  • Invitation for two to the annual Trainmaster Reception
$500 Bronze Spike

Admits two named adults and member’s children or grandchildren (under the age of 18), plus six additional guests

Includes Yardmaster benefits, plus:

  • Invitation to special openings and exhibits
  • Free train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad’s first class car*
$1,000 Silver Spike

Admits two named adults and member’s children or grandchildren (under the age of 18), plus six additional guests

Includes Bronze Spike benefits, plus:

  • Invitation for four to the annual Trainmaster Reception
  • Private tour with the Museum Director
  • 10% discount on first class rentals during the regularly scheduled train ride*
$2,500 Gold Spike

Admits two named adults and member’s children or grandchildren (under the age of 18), plus six additional guests

Includes Silver Spike benefits, plus:

  • 10% discount on facility rentals and chartered train rides*
  • Invitation for six to the annual Trainmaster Reception
  • Breakfast and private tour with the Museum Director
  • Free one-time use of the first class car during the regularly scheduled train ride*
$5,000 Platinum Spike

Admits two named adults and member’s children or grandchildren (under the age of 18), plus six additional guests

Includes Gold Spike benefits, plus:

  • Two complimentary tickets to the annual Cocktail Train Ride
  • Recognition at the Railroad Presidents Circle level

How to join

  • Online – Securely purchase your membership online by clicking here.
  • Mail – Print this form and mail it to the CSRMF Membership Dept. at 111 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.
  • Phone – Call the Membership Office, Monday – Friday from 10am – 5pm at (916) 445-5995.
  • In-person – Planning to visit? Join or renew your membership at the Museum’s front desk.

Allow 2-3 weeks to receive your membership packet in the mail.

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For More Information

Call (916) 445-5995 or email us.

The California State Railroad Museum Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) cooperating association which supports the California State Railroad Museum proudly operated by California State Parks.