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Railtown 1897 State Historic Park


Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
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“steam train”(22 reviews)
“round house”(18 reviews)
A working railroad since the 1890's, this park is now run by the California State Railroad Museum. It offers visitors self-guided tours.
5th Ave & Reservoir Rd., Jamestown, CA
+1 209-984-3953
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Reviewed 28 September 2018

Tim, our docent provided a good history lesson on the railroad and its place in history. Tim also had a working knowledge of the repairs and maintenance of the steam locomotives. He also knew tales about No. 3 locomotive and its appearance in almost 100...More

Thank bigbasin
Reviewed 13 August 2018

We visited on a very hot summer day. Fortunately, on the depot platform, they had misters spraying. The staff all wore period costumes which were delightful. We ended up riding the steam train at a cost of $15 per adult. It was a 45-minute ride...More

2  Thank Harpskii
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

Just got back from Jamestown railroad and what a great place it was. The people who work there are just great and enthusiastic about everything trains. Got there for 1:30 train ride and then the tour. Steam train enthusiasts or those who appreciate engineering and...More

2  Thank Andymac64
Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

If you are a train lover then this place is for you. I took some pics and enjoyed with family. Go for it but do not expect a lot, you might get a train ride on week end as well

Thank PremAseem
Reviewed 8 July 2018

We were passing through the area on our way to Groveland/Yosemite, and decided to stop and check out Railtown 1897. It was a hot late afternoon, so we didn't spend a lot of time at the park. We checked out the displays, walked around the...More

1  Thank kmc11_11
Reviewed 19 June 2018

We attended the Father's Day celebration at Railtown 1897 and had a wonderful day. All the docents were passionate about the history of the railroad and really made an effort to make this day special for all. They brought out steam Engine No. 3 for...More

1  Thank jimkT3841HO
Reviewed 6 June 2018

My father worked here for over 40 years. I still enjoy going back to visit the trains and round house. Take the tour! It is very informative. There are picnic tables available under the trees. And don't forget to see Engine 3. It is the...More

Thank mcpcmp
Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

We had so much fun relaxing on the train ride through the rolling hills of Jamestown. The train was well-maintained and the length of the ride was perfect.

Thank CharleyJ52
Reviewed 3 June 2018

Traveling from No. Calif. to Yosemite via hwy 120? It's worth the time to make a slight detour and streach your legs here. Hundreds of films and t.v. shows shot right here, using these historic rail cars. Railway rides on the weekends. Visit their site...More

Thank buzzdaman56
Reviewed 29 May 2018

Lots of docents in costume leading tours, serving on steam train ride. Fascinating history of Gold Rush era trains and their later use in the movies. Great bookstore with works by historians, not just "gift shop memorabilia." Very enjoyable visit.

Thank Sheryl R
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23 July 2018|
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Response from CharleyJ52 | Reviewed this property |
No, but Jamestown is just a few blocks away.
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9 July 2018|
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Response from CharleyJ52 | Reviewed this property |
A wheelchair will be challenging but the staff is very friendly​ and should be able to help accommodate. The ground is uneven and there is some gravel. I would recommend calling ahead to see if there are other accommodations... More
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