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 commercials 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, accommodations and many additional film locations. Please feel free to contact us for more information, photos or equipment details. 

Kim Baker
Superintendent, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
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 and, in some cases, a film permit from Tuolumne County.

 

Photos of locomotives, cars and locations

Sierra No. 3 at water tank, view from north.  Michael Sharps photo

Sierra No. 3 at water tank, view from north. Michael Sharps photo

Red wooden caboose

Red wooden caboose, circa 1920s- currently in service

Steel Baggage Car

Steel Baggage Car circa 1923- not currently in service

 

Hand car in machine shop- Michael Sharps photo

Hand car in machine shop- Michael Sharps photo

Sierra No. 3 in the roundhouse- Michael Sharps photo

Sierra No. 3 in the roundhouse- Michael Sharps photo

Parts Warehouse- Michael Sharps Photo

Parts Warehouse- Michael Sharps Photo

Master Mechanic's Office- Michael Sharps Photo

Master Mechanic’s Office- Michael Sharps Photo

No. 3 at depot (from north) Michael Sharps photo

No. 3 (circa 1891) at depot (from north) with observation car (circa 1914) – both in service, Michael Sharps photo

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Diesel at Depot

Diesel 1265 (circa 1952) at Depot, with 14 car (circa 1923) both currently in service

 

No. 3 on the road, with Mountain Obs Car (1914) and 2901 (1910) all in service, Dave Henry/CSRMF photo
Speeder Car 112

Speeder Car 112

Track car at switch

108 Track car at switch

Velocipede (track bike)

Velocipede (track bike)

Hetch Hetchy Car 19

Hetch Hetchy Car 19

Two  track cars

Track cars 106, 112 and Model T Ford

Sierra No. 3 with Mountain Observation Car (1914) and 2901 Observation Car (1910) all currently in service –Dave Henry/CSRMF photo

Heavyweight “suburban” car (1923)- two of these cars currently in service

Interior of cab of Sierra #3

Wooden boxcar (1909-13), not currently in service

Roundhouse

Sierra #3 (1891) on track near depot

Engineer in cab of Sierra No. 3

Sierra No. 3 (circa 1891)

2901 Observation Car (circa 1910) currently in service– KC Winsted photo

Observation Car, rear deck

Observation Car 2901 (1910), currently in service, rear deck

Interior Parlor of Observation Car

Interior Parlor of Observation Car 2901 (1910) currently in service

 

The interior of the first class car 2901

The interior of the first class car 2901 (1910), currently in service

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

Musicians perform inside the 599 car (mountain observation, circa 1914), currently in service

The interior of a standard passenger car, No. 12

The interior of a standard passenger car, No. 12 (1923) currently in service

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 (1914), currently in service

Interior view of Coach 2

Interior view of coach car, Sierra No. 2 (1869) not currently in service- available for stationary filming

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 (not currently in service)

View of the turntable and Roundhouse

View of the turntable, historic machine shop, and Roundhouse

Model T Track Car

Model T Track Car

Tracks near the depot

Tracks near the depot

"Big White" track car

“Big White” track car

108 Track Car

108 Track Car

Tracks at the Water Tank (Petticoat Junction view)

Tracks at the Water Tank (Petticoat Junction view)

Track car and tank car at roundhouse

Track car and tank car at roundhouse

Shot from Seco Street in spring (yellow in summer)

Shot from Seco Street in spring (yellow in summer) (all equipment currently in service)

Diesel 1265

Diesel 1265 (1952) currently in service