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Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

5th Ave & Reservoir Rd., Jamestown, CA
+1 209-984-3953
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Lots of movies related items not well organized

The state park has a good collection of railroad items especially from films but the day we were... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tracy, California
Hidden gem!

We decided on a whim to visit this park. We are so glad we did! We wandered around on our own for a... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2017
Dana R
San Francisco Ca
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A working railroad since the 1890's, this park is now run by the California State Railroad Museum. It offers visitors self-guided tours.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“steam train” (21 reviews)
5th Ave & Reservoir Rd., Jamestown, CA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The state park has a good collection of railroad items especially from films but the day we were there did not click. The park was getting ready for its version of the Polar Express and some 8000 people seeing Santa Claus. As opening was a...More

Thank Maconthemove
Reviewed 6 November 2017

We decided on a whim to visit this park. We are so glad we did! We wandered around on our own for a bit and then joined a tour led by Paul, one of the volunteer docents. He was such a great guide and clearly...More

Thank Dana R
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Our car club scheduled a day at the Railtown 1897 State Historic Park months ago. Located in the Sierra Foothills, and some 135 miles from San Francisco is an opportunity to go back in time when life was much simpler. The Sierra Railway Company was...More

Thank nascarbilly
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Beautiful and quiet setting. The staff were very friendly and helpful. There is lots to see and plenty to learn. Me and my friend were visiting from England so we were amazed at the landscape the train ride took us through. I would definitely return!

Thank Adam D
Reviewed 15 October 2017

Had such a great tour. So informative. The tour was small in size which was nice, more of a one on one feeling and great for asking questions. Our guide was a train enthusiast and you could tell he loved his job. The history of...More

Thank sleepgbty1
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Railtown offers a small but interesting collection of steam engines and period railroad cars. Perhaps the most interesting thing is the historic roundhouse (one of only a few still in existence). We arrived late so there were no tours and the engines were not running....More

Thank bobolan92
Reviewed 10 October 2017

We recently visited Sonora, Jamestown and Railtown and were very impressed with the #8 Locomotive. We had previously watched the PBS documentary on how it had been completely refurbished and driven to the park but never thought we would be able to actually ride on...More

1  Thank Monte H
Reviewed 30 September 2017

We went primarily to see the walk of movie fame but did the guided tour and were not disappointed. Tom was a great guide and obviously has a passion for trains. We saw the steam engines and lots of movie history. A lovely way to...More

Thank Wallis F
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed the ride albeit the carriages were not pulled by a steam train. Loved the conductor who came up with lots of interesting facts but also appreciated we were visiting from the UK. Staff on the platform and in the shop equally welcoming and...More

Thank AndyP1998
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We saw the sign listing the movies and TV shows made on the trains and it was fun to remember those shows from long ago. We walked to the depot from the main street and looked at the plaques for movies and TV shows put...More

1  Thank robertinSJ
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17 October 2017|
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Response from robertinSJ | Reviewed this property |
You can actually walk around and see a lot outside of operating hours. Check their website. Trains don't run everyday and occasionally they run a steam engine in addition to diesel engines so you may want to plan a specific... More
14 April 2016|
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Response from Judy R | Reviewed this property |
google it for their phone number
26 June 2015|
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Response from travelmuch2015 | Reviewed this property |
I would definitely buy online because it will be busy on the Holiday weekend. Also very hot. Bring a hat and water.