Rail Car rides will be available on the Amador Central Railroad Saturday, July 13. Ride six miles round trip into the hills of gold country in a real rail car. The cost is $10 per seat and children must be 5 years or older. There are three runs per day, weather permitting, at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. Rides last about one hour. Ticket sales begin at 9 a.m. at Lane’s Station located 1 1/2 miles south of Ione on Highway 104. Just follow the signs on the day of the run. All proceeds go directly back into the Amador Central Railroad to preserve it for now and for the future. 

The Amador Central Railroad is an integral part of the history of Amador County and the general public can now experience a part of that history by taking a rail car ride. If you have ever wondered what it is like running by rail through the open rangeland of Amador County, here is your opportunity to see the beauty of the gold country not unlike a train crew from 1904 would have experienced. 

The rail cars will travel east over the Ione trestle crossing above Hwy 88, then through “The Shale Cut” and on to “Bovine Meadows” where the cattle have the right-of-way. The trip will continue through the oak studded woodlands to the Sunnybrook turning pad where passengers can watch the spectacle of the motor cars being turned for the return trip.

No smoking or alcohol is permitted on railroad property, and closed-toed shoes are strongly recommended.

For more information, go to amadorcentralrailroad.com. or call Tom Correa at (209) 296-4356.