All-American Weekend at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park!

This weekend marks one year since the Sierra No. 3 returned to service after a major restoration.

The ever-popular weekend steam-powered excursion trains at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) will be running all three days of the 4th of July holiday weekend — July 2, 3 and 4 — with special rides behind Sierra No. 3 (widely known as the “Movie Star Locomotive”) and aboard Caboose No. 7 on Monday, July 4 only. On Saturday and Sunday, the excursion trains depart on-the-hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Then on Monday, July 4, excursion train ride availability has been expanded with trains departing hourly from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day only.

Tickets for all holiday weekend steam train excursion rides are $13 for adults, $6 for youths ages 6-17 and kids five and under are free. On Saturday and Sunday, tickets are available on a first-come, first served basis at the ticket window beginning at 10 a.m. the day of the train ride. For Monday, July 4, train rides behind Sierra No. 3, advance tickets are available online.  As always, all train ride tickets include Park admission.

In addition, guests are encouraged to spend the day at Railtown 1897 SHP by touring the Park and learning more about its authentic railroad facilities and fascinating role in the Hollywood and television industry. Also, guests are invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the sprawling Roundhouse lawn while enjoying the holiday weekend.

Old-fashioned games will be held on the lawn on the 4th, from Noon-2PM, and the historic belt-driven machine shop will be in operation, and live music will be presented on-board the trains.  As always, visitors are invited to arrive early (9:30 Saturday & Sunday, 8:30 on Monday) or stay after the last train to watch the turntable in use in the yard.  Railtown is one of the few places where visitors are able to view the crew at work before and after the excursion rides.

Steam-powered excursion train rides are offered weekends through October 2011. For more information about excursion train rides or Railtown 1897 SHP in general, please call 209-984-3953 or visit www.railtown1897.org.

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