Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

Home to the Historic Jamestown Shops and Roundhouse

Hours of Operation

Open Daily (November-March, 10:00am-3:00pm; April-October, 9:30am-4:30pm)

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Trains operate every Saturday and Sunday from April-September, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm & 3:00pm

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride trains run in December, click here for more details.

Railtown 1897 SHP
PO Box 1250 / 10501 Reservoir Road
Jamestown, CA 95327
(209) 984-3953

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Artifact Donations


Thank you for considering Railtown 1897 State Historic Park for your artifact donation.  When accepting donations, it is very important that we are able to commit to the long-term care of the artifact.  Due to space and labor considerations, we generally accept only donations that directly relate to or were used by the Sierra Railway from 1897 to 1955, and also meet a list of criteria that includes relevance, provenance, title, location, intrinsic value, and condition.  You may be offering the donation of an object that meets all of these criteria, but is already represented in the collection.


Occasionally, we may also be interested in items from Tuolumne County or neighboring railroads. If we are unable to accept your offer, the curator may be able to direct you to other institutions that may be interested. 


Please contact the park before delivering your donation.  It is helpful to send photos and a description of the object to assist in evaluation. 


Following is a list of questions to ask yourself prior to contacting the curator about donation of your artifact to Railtown 1897 SHP.


  1. Is the item directly related to the Sierra Railway Company of California, also known as the Sierra Railway? Do I have proof that it does?
  2. Is the item both relevant and rare? Or is the item something rather common, i.e. an old ticket or cancelled check?
  3. Is the item in good condition?
  4. Does the item require special housing or conservation?
  5. Do I have clear title to the item, and can I prove that I do?
  6. Are you willing to sign over all rights to the object, with no limitations on its future use?


Railtown 1897 State Historic Park does not have traditional exhibit space and cannot agree to exhibit items as a condition of the donation. The curator will review acquisition criteria with you as set forth in the California State Parks Department Operations Manual. Contact the curator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Other Donations


In addition to artifact donations, we occasionally accept donations of power tools, equipment, or items for fundraising auctions or drawings.  These items are considered consumable and will be considered a donation of property. Appraised valuation is the responsibility of the donor.