On Saturday, August 21, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is sponsoring a unique “Singing Rails” musical event showcased by classic and modern tunes that reflect America’s longstanding love affair with trains and the railroad. In fact, three popular local folk music groups — the Black Irish Band, Lori Brandon & Chris Miller and Cactus Bob & Prairie Flower — will take the stage to perform time-honored classic tunes to the delight of visitors of all ages.
With beer and wine served by the Sonora Rotary Club and a tasty barbecue dinner available for purchase from Lakeview Catering, the evening event begins at 4:30 p.m. and continues until 7:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs as the relaxing outdoor event will take place on the sprawling front lawn. Tickets for “Singing Rails” cost $12 per person while children under 12 are free. Advance tickets for “Singing Rails” are available online or at the gate.
In addition to the “Singing Rails” evening event, regularly scheduled steam-powered weekend excursion trains through the Gold Country foothills are available hourly that day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets for steam train excursion rides aboard mountain observation cars are $13 for adults, $6 for youths ages 6-17 and kids five and under are free. Train ride tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the ticket window beginning at 10 a.m. that morning.
The Schedule for the Event is as follows:
Lori Brandon & Chris Miller 4:30
Cactus Bob & Prairie Flower 5:30
The Black Irish 6:30