Miniature Steam Trains This Weekend!

Scene from 2008 Steam-up event at Railtown.

Scene from 2008 Steam-up event at Railtown.

Live Steam Replicas at Railtown


Labor Day Weekend (Sept 5th, 6th & 7th)

Hobbyists share their love of toy steam trains with the public

 JAMESTOWN – On Labor Day weekend, for the second year in a row, visitors at Railtown1897 State Historic park will have the opportunity to see small scale models of steam trains in operation.  The Sacramento-based “On the Brink, Live Steam Group” will set up hand-crafted models for public viewing.  These intricate models run under steam produced by liquid fuel, just like their full-sized counterparts in the roundhouse.  “We started our club in 2002, and now we have about 50 members” says Paul Brink, the group’s founder.  “We really enjoy displaying our models to the public, and Railtown is such a wonderful setting.” 


Railtown’s excursion trains will also depart this day from the Railtown Depot, on-the-hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The six-mile, 40-minute roundtrip ride takes passengers through the Gold Country foothills, passing through oak meadowlands.


Standard Gauge Trains (pulled by Shay #2) depart hourly 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. from the Railtown Depot; regular train tickets are $13 adults, $6 youth ages 6-17, ages 5 and under ride free.  Tours are also available and included free with admission, or your train ticket.  Park admission is $5 for adults, and $3 for children 6-17 (free for those 5 and under).  Park admission is included in the excursion ticket price.


Picnic and BBQ areas are available (first come, first-served) on our shaded lawn, or enjoy lunch at the Carriage Room Café and Snack Bar at the Freight Shed.