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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Railtown 1897 is seeking volunteers interested in working THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride at Jamestown!


Help us make magic for thousands of families and children. Part of a group? Volunteer together!


Join us at the park during a Volunteer Open House on Saturday, September 23rd or Saturday, September 30 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to learn more about the great volunteer opportunities! 







We are always looking for volunteers who enjoy working with the public, and love to share their enthusiasm for history and railroading with our visitors. Prior experience with trains or public service is not required. 

Benefits to volunteering at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park include; membership in the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, free entrance and train rides at Railtown 1897 and the California State Railroad Museum, a variety of social activities, interesting training opportunities and guest speakers, discounts at the Depot Store, and an annual volunteer recognition dinner. We ask all of our volunteers for a minimum commitment of 8 hours per month. Volunteers are asked to provide and wear a uniform, specific to the position being filled. More information will be available at your intake meeting.

We are currently seeking volunteers for the following positions:

Car Hosts volunteer conductor on train with passengers

Assist in safe operation and loading of cars, interpret history and operations to visitors.

Tour Guides 

Conduct hour-long tours of the Roundhouse and grounds.

Public Greeters

Greet visitors at park entrance, direct visitors to activities of the day, and answer questions.

Shop Maintenance

Help maintain and restore our collection of vintage locomotives.

Roundhouse Hosts

Interpret history and operations of our historic Roundhouse to visitors.




railtown volunteers

If you are interested in applying for any of these positions, please either attend our open house, or complete and return the volunteer application.


Volunteer Application

For other ways to get involved, email park staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 209-984-4408.