California State Railroad Museum Complex

  • The Museum of Railroad History, a 100,000-square-foot facility housing an unparalleled collection of locomotives, cars, artifacts, graphics, interpretive exhibits, and location opportunities.
  • The Eagle Theatre, a reconstructed performing-arts venue, first established in 1849. This unique canvas and wood-frame structure pays testimony to the transient nature of Sacramento's first buildings. Today it hosts a wide varitey of live productions, children's theatre, and school group tours.
  • The 1849 Scene, part of the much larger Old Sacramento Historic District. The 1849 Scene carefully recreates a part of Sacramento as it appeared shortly after the Gold Rush, but it can be dressed as everything from a typical Western town of the last century to a colonial outpost.
  • The Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station, a replica of the 1860s wood structure that handled the railroad's passenger and express business for decades. Adjacent to the Passenger Depot is the replica Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot. The area has additional nineteenth-century buildings and wharves, and the Sacramento River itself.
  • The Sacramento Southern Railroad, the Museum's historic railroad. Several miles of track are available for use, along with steam and diesel locomotives from many eras and railroads. The scenery ranges from industrial/urban to wooded/rural/riverside. At the south end of the Sacramento Southern Railroad is a wildlife refuge. To the west of the railroad the vista is of central California farmland; to the east, the vista is of trees, water, vegetation, and wilderness. The countryside resembles areas ranging from Chesapeake/Atlantic tidewater to Florida Everglades to the Ohio-Mississippi River system. This is an exceedingly versatile line of railroad and could represent hundreds of remote locations throughout the country - especially for historical periods. The presence of the railroad alongside the waterway also would permit extended pan-dolly/following shots of action taking place on the water.
  • The California State Railroad Museum Library is the nation's largest and most comprehensive railroad research facility, with over one million graphic images, books, corporate archives, and research materials covering the entire United States. The Library is an excellent resource for writers, art directors, set designers, and anyone working to establish historic details