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August 2018

National Night Out

August 7, 2018 @ 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

Working on the Railroad: A Celebration of Sierra Railway Workers

September 15, 2018
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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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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