Rail Town National Train Day

May 11 – All aboard as Railtown 1897 State Historic Park celebrates National Train Day with special activities sure to delight railroad enthusiasts and guests from near and far!

Railtown 1897 Celebrates Railroading

As Part of “National Train Day” on May 11!

Special Activities Include Steam-Powered Excursion Train Rides Behind Sierra No. 3 and Caboose No. 7, Historic Locomotives on Display,

Behind-the-Scenes Shop Tours and More!

Visitors to the State Historic Park can enjoy steam-powered excursion train rides behind the “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3 and aboard the famous Caboose No. 7, check out behind-the-scenes tours of the historic Roundhouse and Shops, and view a number of historic locomotives, equipment and vehicles on special display this one-day-only, including the No. 28 & 2 locomotives, historic track maintenance vehicles such as the 1920s Ford Model T custom-adapted for use on the Railroad, and the Hetch-Hetchy 19 car, custom built for use in the construction of the Hetch Hetchy Dam (which will be operational and available for rides).

Also, the historic belt-driven machine shop will be up and running so guests can see it in action and understand that on a shortline, much of the work was done “in house” at the shops (with exception of major engine rebuilds). Keep in mind, capacity is limited for steam-powered excursion train rides so guests are encouraged to arrive early. All train ride tickets include Park admission and are available for advance purchase at www.railtown1897.org<http://www.railtown1897.org> as well as at the ticket window beginning at 10 a.m. the day of the train ride (based on availability). Don’t miss the National Train Day celebration at Railtown 1897 SHP!

About Railtown 1897 State Historic Park Operated by California State Parks with assistance from the nonprofit California State Railroad Museum Foundation, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park offers year-round tours plus train rides weekends April-October (selected dates only November- December). Known as “The Movie Railroad,” the Park and its trains have been featured in hundreds of feature films, TV shows, and commercials. The Park is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Reservoir Road in Jamestown, reached by highways 49/108. Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is open daily (except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day) and the Park’s operating hours vary by season: April-October, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; November-March, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call Railtown 1897 State Historic Park at (209) 984-3953, or visit our Web site at www.railtown1897.org<http://www.railtown1897.org/>



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Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.