All Aboard! Excursion Train Rides
Weekend Excursion Train Rides along the River
Note: Tickets are NOT available for purchase online the day of the train ride

All aboard the California State Railroad Museum's popular excursion railroad--the Sacramento Southern Railroad.   2016 marks the 33rd consecutive season the excursion trains have been operating in Old Sacramento. Train rides include closed coach cars and a first-class lounge car pulled by either Granite Rock No. 10 steam locomotive or one of our vintage diesel locomotives from the Museum's collection. Due to maintenance, the open-air gondola cars will not be part of the consist.

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Days of operation: Saturdays and Sundays; April 2 through September 25, 2016
Hours of operation: Every hour on the hour, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting)
Departure location: Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot in Old Sacramento (located on Front Street between J and K Streets).
Tickets: Regular Coach:  $12 adults, $6 youths (ages 6-17), ages 5 and under ride free. 
First Class Car:  $20 adults, $15 youths (ages 6-17), ages 5 and under ride free.

For more information about the train ride, please call 916-445-5995.

 Late afternoon trains may be cancelled if the
weather exceeds 100 degrees.


Ride in First Class Style!

Enjoy a scenic, 45-minute ride along the Sacramento River and sit back in luxury and air conditioned comfort as you are served refreshments in first class style.  Each operating day we will be pulling one of our three elegant first class cars:

The El Dorado: This handsome 1920s lounge car offers large windows and comfortable seating.  The car is divided into two sections select either the Parlor or Lounge.  Passengers in both locations are free to move about the car and step off onto the observation platform for a beautiful view of the Sacramento River.

The French Quarter: This beautifully restored car was inspired by the New Orleans French Quarter, with wrought iron balconies and a "Sunset pink" painted ceiling studded with stars.  Complete with its own serving bar, the French Quarter has large windows and a variety of seating combinations including four small dining table booths for seating of four guests; settees and lounge-style chairs.

The Audubon Dining Car: The Dining Car is known as the "Audubon" because of the hand-painted reproductions of bird illustrations by the artist/naturalist John James Audubon. Groups of four passengers are seated around a small dining table.

Since 1984, more than one million guests have taken a ride aboard the Sacramento Southern Railroad, served by all-volunteer crews fully trained and certified under Federal Railroad Administration regulations.  Each spring, the Sacramento Southern Railroad takes center stage as visitors enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of authentic locomotives as they roll along the levees of the Sacramento River.  Appealing to all ages, the experience offers guests the chance to experience train travel from an earlier era.

During the operating season, weekends April - September, tickets for Sacramento Southern Railroad excursion train rides are available to purchase online during the week or on a first-come, first-served basis on the weekends starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Sacramento Southern Railroad ticket office, located on Front Street between "J" and "K" Streets in Old Sacramento. To reserve the entire First Class car for a regularly scheduled train ride, April through September, please call 916-322-8485.

Members Ride Free!
Members of the California State Railroad Museum
free in coach seating. 

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