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The California State Railroad Museum Foundation is proud to offer a robust, active and year-round membership program for enthusiasts of the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento State Historic Park and/or Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown. One of the many benefits of membership is an opportunity to purchase advance tickets to the coveted POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride that happens on various dates in late November and December at both locations. To receive this key benefit for the 2019 holiday season, you had to have purchased your membership by yesterday, September 5, 2019. You can still purchase tickets to THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, even if you do not have a membership; however, members get the benefit of purchasing in advance.

 Each holiday season, thousands of families enjoy festive and nostalgic rides aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride on the Sacramento Southern Railroad in Old Sacramento State Historic Park or the Sierra Railway in Jamestown. Pulled by a historic locomotive and headed to the North Pole, dedicated staff and volunteers from the Museum, Park & Foundation go to great lengths to re-create the holiday experience depicted in the classic children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. The holiday train ride experience includes keepsake souvenir tickets, hot cocoa, festive holiday cookies, Santa Claus sightings and even the coveted silver bells – the first gift of Christmas for those who still believe in Santa Claus.

For more details and complete information about membership to the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, please visit californiarailroad.museum/get-involved/membership or railtown1897.org/get-involved/membership/; for more information about the California State Railroad Museum, visit www.californiarailroad.museum and for information about Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, visit railtown1897.org,

*Excluding special ticketed events and train ride

*Excluding magazines and already discounted items. 

While benefits of membership vary by level, the cost starts as low as $30 per year. Some of the valued membership benefits include (but are not limited to) the following: 

-Free admission to the respective Museum or Park throughout the year.

-Free excursion train rides April through September.

-10 percent discount at the Depot Store (at Railtown 1897 SHP) or the Museum Store and Huntington & Hopkins Hardware Store (both in Old Sacramento -State Historic Park).

15 percent discount on photographic reproduction orders from the Railroad Museum Library.

-Discounts on special events throughout the year.

-Advance notice to purchase tickets for special events such as THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

Invitations to exclusive members-only events.

-Complimentary subscription to On Track magazine.

If you did not purchase a membership this year, consider purchasing one next year to receive the many benefits of a membership.