What: Weekend Steam-Powered Excursion Train Rides
Where: Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, Jamestown
Dates: Train rides - weekends beginning April 5 through September 2014
Park - open daily
Times: Train rides - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Park is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free on April 5-6 for Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne residents only (with proof of residency)
General: $15 adults, $8 youths ages 6-17, free for children 5 and under
For More:209-984-3953 or visit www.railtown1897.org
All aboard as Railtown 1897 State Historic Park resumes its popular steam-powered excursion train rides through California’s scenic Gold Country! While the Park is open daily, on weekends beginning April 5-6, guests will enjoy a memorable six-mile, 45-minute round trip ride along the rails of the famous “Movie Railroad.” To kick off the new season, excursion train rides will be offered behind “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3 on opening weekend. Plus, local residents from Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne counties can visit the Park and ride completely free with proof of residency this first weekend only. And, Railtown 1897 visitors can also enjoy other opening weekend festivities such as live music, tours of the historic Roundhouse and demonstrations of the historic, belt-driven machine shop and behind-the-scenes tours of work being done on Sierra No. 28. Capacity is limited for steam-powered excursion train rides so guests are encouraged to arrive early. Tickets are available online in advance or in person on a first-come, first-served basis at the ticket window beginning at 10 a.m. on the days the trains are running. After opening weekend, Railtown 1897 SHP plans to offer steam-powered excursion train rides behind Sierra No. 3 on Saturdays and vintage diesel locomotives on Sundays through the operating season. Additionally, diesel train rides will be offered on Wednesdays throughout the summer season (July 9 through August 27). Visitors are encouraged to call 209-984-3953 or visit www.railtown1897.org for updated information.