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Tickets on Sale Now for Two Weekends Only: April 10-11 & 17-18

JAMESTOWN, Calif. – In compliance with all state, city, and county guidelines, California State Parks, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation are proud and excited to offer visitors a unique opportunity to experience spring wildflowers from aboard an historic train. With limited availability, Wildflower Train Rides are available on two weekends – April 10-11 & 17-18, 2021 – and sell out quickly. Train rides depart from the Depot promptly at 4:15 p.m. each day.

During the picturesque train ride experience, local naturalist experts and/or interpretive staff at Railtown 1897 will answer questions and point out flower groupings along the way. Wildflower Trains take guests on a six-mile, one-hour roundtrip ride through the scenic landscapes of California’s Gold Country. While the abundance of wildflower viewing is dependent on annual rainfall and weather conditions, trains encounter meadows and rolling hills, with such local flora as “meadowfoam,” “goldfields” and other colorful flowers typically in bloom. Train ride guests receive a checklist, wildflower booklet and poppy seed packet, and more.

Popular Wildflower Train Ride tickets cost $20 for adults, $14 for youth ages 6-17 and children five and under ride free. Plus, qualifying memberships receive a $5 discount. With limited seating available, train ride tickets are available online in advance at https://railtown1897.org/event/wildflower-trains/ or at the ticket window beginning at 10 a.m. on the day of the ride (based on availability). Tickets include Park admission, capacity is limited, and advance reservations are strongly suggested. 

In addition to the special Wildflower Trains in the afternoon, Railtown 1897’s regular excursion trains are operating on these four dates with departures at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Regular weekend excursion ride tickets are available online or at the Depot Store, on a first-come, first-served basis. All regular weekend excursion train ride tickets include Park admission and cost $15 for adults, $10 for youth ages 6-17, and are free for children five and under.

The excursion train ride schedule is subject to change with expanded service offered on most holiday weekends. For more information about Railtown 1897 SHP, visitors are encouraged to call 209-984-3953 or visit www.railtown1897.org.

Railtown 1897’s Long-Awaited Weekend Excursion Train Ride Season Begins April 3–4 With a Special Appearance from the Easter Bunny’ on Easter Sunday 

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Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown will begin the long-awaited weekend excursion train ride season on April 3-4, 2021. With social distancing and enhanced sanitation measures in place, the historic 1265 diesel engine will be operating all weekend. Excursion train ride departures for both days are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Following state issued guidelines, face masks are required for all Park staff and visitors. To accommodate social distancing, trains will run at limited capacity. Two of the four train cars operating will be open-air cars and all will be cleaned in between each train ride. In addition, special attention will be focused on high-touch points such as grab irons and handrails.

Weekend train ride guests will enjoy a memorable six-mile, 45-minute round trip ride along the rails of the famous “Movie Railroad,” including past the iconic water tank seen in “Petticoat Junction,” a popular TV show that aired in the 60s and early 70s. The Park will also be open for self-guided tours and exhibits will include interpretive signage. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the sprawling Roundhouse lawn.

On Easter Sunday, the Easter Bunny will make a special appearance on the #7 Caboose, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be photo opportunities and Easter treat bags for children (while supplies last), included with paid Park admission.

With the reduced capacity, visitors are encouraged to purchase excursion train ride tickets online in advance. If still available on the day of the train ride, tickets can be purchased at the Depot Store on a first-come, first-served basis. All paid train ride tickets include Park admission and cost $15 for adults, $10 for youth ages 6-17 and are free for children five and under. Park-only admission costs $5 for adults, $3 for youths ages 6-17 and is free for children five and under.

For tickets and/or updated information about weekend excursion train rides and Railtown 1897 SHP, visitors are encouraged to visit www.railtown1897.org. For more information about the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, please visit www.californiarailroad.museum.