The California State Railroad Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate located in Old Sacramento State Historic Park, is a family-favorite 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, interactive exhibits and much more, guests can experience 150 years of railroad history.
Museum highlights include the “Small Wonders: The Magic of Toy Trains” exhibit with 1,000 vintage toy trains, six interactive displays and a magnificent operating toy train layout and a compelling “Snowbound in the Sierra” exhibit with a 251,000-pound rotary snowplow as an eye-catching centerpiece. Plus, the limited-time companion exhibit highlights the dramatic story of 226 passengers and crew members who were rescued after being trapped on luxury streamliner locomotive during a massive snowstorm in the Sierra Nevada in 1952.
To round out the experience, guests can also take an excursion train ride behind a vintage steam or historic diesel locomotive (depending on the weekend) as it rides the rails of the Sacramento Southern Railroad. 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 roundtrip excursion.