Monday, August 27, 2012

Extended train ride schedules this Labor Day weekend - Sacramento Bee (blog)

OBSTEAMME.JPGDuring this holiday weekend train fans will have even more opportunity to ride behind vintage locomotives at Railtown 1897 and Old Sacramento.

In Jamestown Sierra No. 3, the famous "movie star" steam locomotive will carry passengers for the usual 40-minute excursion through Gold Country Hills on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday Railtown's diesel electric engines will take over the rides. Once back at the Roundhouse visitors can get a tour of the facility, enjoy a picnic lunch and listen to old-timey fiddle music by Dave Rainwater. You can buy train tickets in advance online or on site on a first come-first served basis the day of the ride.

In Old Sacramento a ride on the Sacramento Southern will be a great addition to a visit to Gold Rush Days. These excursions take passengers on a 40-minute tour across the scenic Sacramento River levees. You can choose to ride in the open-air gondola or the posh El Dorado air-conditioned observation car. Purchase tickets in advance  or in-person the same day at the Sacramento Southern ticket office on Front St.

What: Steam-Powered Excursion Train Rides - Expanded Schedule Over Labor Day Weekend!
Where: Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, Jamestown
When: Sept. 1-3. Departing hourly from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $13 adults, $6 youths ages 6-17, free for children 5 and under.
For more info: 209-984-3953 or visit website

What: Weekend Excursion Train Rides - Expanded Schedule During Gold Rush Days!
Where: Trains depart from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot (on Front Street between J and K Street) in Old Sacramento State Historic Park.
When: Sept. 1-3. Departing hourly from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults; $5 youths ages 6-17; free for children ages 5 and under ($15 for first class tickets aboard the El Dorado). Normal Railroad Museum admission fees apply during Gold Rush Days $9 adults, $4 youths ages 6-17, free for children ages 5 and under.
For more info: 916-445-6645 or website

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PHOTO CREDIT: Special Father's Day train behind two historic locomotives pulls into Old Sacramento. 1994 Sacramento Bee photograph by Owen Brewer

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