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For Immediate Release

July 31, 2023



Megan Villapudua, 916-801-3175

California State Railroad Museum Foundation

New train ride offering is available on select Fridays & Saturdays on a first-come, first-serve basis

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – After a hugely successful first-time experience offering public train rides on the historic turntable for one day during California State Parks Week in June, the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation are proud to announce more turntable rides are available on select Fridays and Saturdays during August and September. Dates of availability include August 4, 5, 11, 18, 19, 25 and September 1, 8, 15, 22, 23 and 29. A first-come, first-serve experience, train departures start at 10 a.m. and leave every half hour with the last departing at 2 p.m. The small but mighty No. 2 locomotive will pull an open-air gondola for 15-minute train rides that include a few spins on the turntable. The historic turntable is located just outside the Roundhouse at the west end of the museum.

When the Railroad Museum & Foundation offered this new experience for one day during Parks Week in mid-June, more than 600 people showed up to take a spin on the historic turntable. Originally built in 1911 by the American Bridge Company for use by Union Pacific in Yakima, Washington, the turntable was installed in Old Sacramento State Historic Park in 1980 as part of a feature of the Roundhouse portion of the California State Railroad Museum. These fun new train rides are designed to connect the importance of railroad turntables and roundhouses with railroad history and operation.

Same day tickets for train rides on the historic turntable are available at the Central Pacific Passenger Station located at Front & J Streets in Old Sacramento State Historic Park. Train ride tickets cost $5 for adults, $3 for youth ages 6-17, and are free for members and children five and younger.

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About the California State Railroad Museum Foundation
The mission of the California State Railroad Museum Foundation (CSRMF) is to generate revenue and awareness on behalf of its destinations, while supporting the preservation, interpretation and promotion of our railroad heritage. The Foundation provides funding for ongoing support of numerous programs, both at the museum's Old Sacramento location and at the historic park in Jamestown, Calif. For more information, please visit