Celebrate Spring Aboard Railtown 1897’s Wildflower Train Behind the Famous Sierra No. 3!

Tickets on Sale Now for Two Saturdays Only:  April 12 &19

Wildflowers at Railtown

JAMESTOWN, Calif. – With spring in full bloom, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) is proud to provide guests with a unique opportunity to experience spring wildflowers from aboard a train pulled by the “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3!  While the Park is open daily, special Wildflower Train Rides are available on two Saturday afternoons — April 12 & 19 — and depart from the Railtown 1897 Depot promptly at 4:30 p.m.  Prior to boarding the train, passengers will have the opportunity to learn about the wildflowers of California’s Sierra Nevada foothills.  In addition, the Tuolumne County Master Gardeners will have a display at the Park on these special days with information about gardening with native plants.

Railtown 1897’s popular Wildflower Trains feature Interpretive Park Rangers from the nearby Bureau of Reclamation’s New Melones Lake, answering questions and pointing out flower groupings along the way.  Wildflower Trains take guests on a six-mile, one-hour roundtrip ride through the scenic, rolling landscapes of California’s Gold Country.  Along the way, trains encounter meadows and rolling hills, with such local flora as “meadowfoam,” “goldfields” and other colorful flowers typically in bloom.   Train capacity is limited, and advance reservations are suggested.  With some open air seating available, wildflower train tickets are available online now at www.railtown1897.org  and cost $24 for adults, $10 for youth ages 6-17 and children five and under ride free.

Wildflowers at Railtown Roundhouse

Railtown 1897’s regular excursion trains are operating on these two Saturdays as well with departures on-the-hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Tickets for steam train excursion rides are $15 for adults, $8 for youths ages 6-17 and kids five and under are free.  All train ride tickets include Park admission and are now available for advance purchase at www.railtown1897.org as well as at the ticket window beginning at 10 a.m. on the day of the ride (based on availability).