A Smithsonian Affiliate located in Old Sacramento State Historic Park, the California State Railroad Museum is a must-visit destination perfect for everyone from young children to the young-at-heart. With the area’s only historic and authentic train rides, full-scale vintage locomotives, tiny toy trains, compelling exhibits and much more, guests can experience 150 years of railroad history in a single afternoon.
Designed to be a “laboratory of learning,” a number of interactive exhibits on display inside the impressive museum help to amplify the experience and demonstrate how railroads continue to impact our daily lives. Guests can also venture just outside the museum to take an excursion train ride behind a vintage steam or historic diesel locomotive (depending on the weekend) as it rides the rails along the Old Sacramento Waterfront. Train ride guests delight in the sights, smells and sounds of an authentic, historic locomotive as it rolls along the levees of the Sacramento River for a six-mile, 45-minute round-trip excursion.
This May is an especially exciting time for the railroad and museum. The community is encouraged to attend a Free Community Day on Wednesday, May 8, to help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Planned activities include a spirited procession, unveiling of a new bronze plaque at “mile marker zero” at the western terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad, free excursion train rides, entertaining melodrama performances in the historic Eagle Theatre, and a community picnic where guests can bring a sack lunch to enjoy on the big grassy area in front of the Railroad Museum.
For more information about the Sesquicentennial plans, please visit www.Railroad150.org; for more about the museum or to purchase excursion train ride tickets, please visit www.californiarailroad.museum.