All Aboard! Excursion Train Rides
Summer Excursion Train Rides along the River


All aboard the California State Railroad Museum's popular excursion railroad--the Sacramento Southern Railroad.   2015 marked the 32nd consecutive season the excursion trains have been operating in Old Sacramento. Train rides include closed coach cars, open-air gondolas and a first-class observation car pulled by vintage diesel locomotives from the Museum's collection. Click here for 32 facts about the Sacramento Southern Railroad.

Days of operation: Saturdays and Sundays; April 4 through September 27, 2015
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 El Dorado Car:  $20 adults, $15 youths (ages 6-17), ages 5 and under ride free.

*Please note: weekend excursion train tickets are available for pre-purchase online during weekdays only. No tickets are available for pre-purchase online during the weekends. Tickets are available on the weekends on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Sacramento Southern Railroad ticket office. 


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Member tickets are now available online!

If you are a member if the California State Railroad Museum you may reserve your free Coach tickets or purchase discount First Class tickets online. Please note: there is a transaction fee for all tickets purchased online. If you have questions about your membership or how many tickets it covers, please contact the Membership Department at 916-445-5995, Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Please Note: a valid membership card and photo ID are required to pick up tickets at will-call.

 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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