Filming at Railtown

Filming has long been a part of the history of the Sierra Railway.  The Sierra No. 3, built in 1891, has appeared in many films and television shows, including High Noon, Unforgiven, Little House on the Prairie and Back to the Future III, in addition to many commericals and documentaries.  Because we are a state park, filming at Railtown can be very reasonable.  Our staff are experienced with working with the film industry, and Tuolumne County is very welcoming to filming, and can provide support staff, accomodations and many additional film locations. Please feel free to contact us for more information, photos or equipment details. 

Kim Baker
Superintendent, Railtown 1897
Jamestown, CA 95327
209-984-4622
kim.baker@parks.ca.gov 

Phil Sexton
Capital District, California State Parks
916-475-7969
Phillip.Sexton@parks.ca.gov

Filming at Railtown requires a permit issued by the California Film Commission at film.ca.gov

No. 3 on the road, Dave Henry/CSRMF photo

Sierra No. 3 with Mountain Observation Car and Observation Car –Dave Henry/CSRMF photo

Heavyweight “suburban” car

Interior of cab of Sierra #3

Wooden boxcar

Roundhouse

Sierra #3 on track near depot

Sierra No. 3 and Sierra No. 2 (shay) near depot

Engineer in cab of Sierra No. 3

Sierra No. 3

Observation Car and back end of depot– KC Winsted photo

Wide shot of roundhouse exterior– KC Winsted Photo

South end of depot

Red Caboose. Sierra No. 7

The interior of the first class car 2901

The interior of the first class car 2901, decorated for a wedding

Musicians play inside the 599 car, part of which has large open windows

Musicians perform inside the 599 car, part of which has large open windows

The interior of a standard passenger car, No. 12

The interior of a standard passenger car, No. 12

An empty passenger car, No. 12

An empty passenger car, No. 12. Steam locomotive Sierra No. 3 can be seen through the open door

A car host entertains passengers in the open sided 599 car.

A car host entertains passengers in the open sided No. 599 Mountain Observation Car.

A view of the open sides on the 599 Mountain Observation car, with car host and passengers

A view of the open sides on the No. 599 Mountain Observation Car, with car host and passengers

Interior view of Coach 2

Interior view of coach car, Sierra No. 2

Railtown's excursion trains travel through the scenic Sierra Nevada foothills

Railtown’s excursion trains travel through the scenic Sierra Nevada foothills

Jamestown Depot

Jamestown Depot, North view

Sierra No. 2 (Shay-style locomotive) parked at the Jamestown Depot

Sierra No. 2 (Shay-style locomotive) parked at the Jamestown Depot

View of the turntable and Roundhouse

View of the turntable, historic machine shop, and Roundhouse