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The Transcontinental Railroad: From Horses to Horsepower


The Horses to Horsepower: Building the Transcontinental Railroad Program is suitable for Grades 4 and 5 only, and is presented by Museum staff and Docents dressed in period attire.

In our 50-minute, hands-on interpretive program, Horses to Horsepower: Building the Transcontinental Railroad students are given the opportunity to try their hand at drilling a hole in granite, driving a railroad spike, and meeting people who explain what it was like to ride across the United States on the Transcontinental Railroad more than 125 years ago.

Schedule of Fees:

Cost : $175.00 per class of 45 persons.

• The Horses to Horsepower Program is offered in the Spring (February-April) and Fall (October).
• This popular program is offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays only at 10:00, 10:15 10:30 10:45 11:00 11:15.
• Adult supervision requirement: 1 adult for every 10 students
• Cancellation Policy: If you are unable to keep your reservation, please call us at (916) 323-9274. Groups cancelling 24 hours prior to visit will receive a full refund of total fees paid, less $25.00 processing fee. No-shows and cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to the program will forfeit all fees paid.

Group Size
10 person minimum with a maximum of 45

Adult Supervision Requirement
1 adult for every 10 students

This program is presented within the CA State Railroad Museum. Please assemble at the School Group Entrance located on the east side of the Museum on 2nd street.

City parking lot, under I-5, enter from I street under the freeway. City parking charges apply.

Cost is $175.00  per reservation. Museum admission included.