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Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

5th Ave & Reservoir Rd., Jamestown, CA
+1 209-984-3953
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Wonderful experience!

Any railfan should make this a stop! And, be sure to take advantage of the tour of the roundhouse... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Railroad museum

Ok place to visit. Up the hill from Main Street. Although not very far, this area is very hot in... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Shawnee, Kansas
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A working railroad since the 1890's, this park is now run by the California State Railroad Museum. It offers visitors self-guided tours.
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  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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5th Ave & Reservoir Rd., Jamestown, CA
+1 209-984-3953
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Any railfan should make this a stop! And, be sure to take advantage of the tour of the roundhouse, its included in the very inexpensive cost to tour. Our tour guide, Paul, was excellent. What a wealth of knowledge and history of engines, rolling stock,...More

Thank cheetahfan9
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Ok place to visit. Up the hill from Main Street. Although not very far, this area is very hot in the summer so driving is advisable.

Thank familytraveler455
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great train ride!!! Staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the history Can't go wrong with the train for a great family activity

Thank Kimberly D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are lots of old steam locomotives at this museum/railway depot. There's a little bit of historical information in the old train station and a roundhouse storing some old steamers as well. They don't really force you to pay the five dollars that they are...More

Thank ouilv2travel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What an amazing park with alot of vintage trains and wonderful grounds to walk on!! Enjoyed seeing trains that were in movies and television shows that I remember!! Highly recommend this park if you are in the area.Trains run on weekends only,so I recommend going...More

Thank Lainers60
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

If you are a history buff, especially trains, you will love Railtown. The volunteers love to answer questions on railroad history. If they don't know the answer, they will find it. The roundhouse is full of history. They make and repair as many train parts...More

Thank MichelleManteca_CA
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

And even got a short ride behind the number 3 engine. Loved the roundhouse, the smithy's palace and all of the great tools that were custom made for the jobs.

Thank Judy R
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

We had a couple of hours to spare before an evening wedding in Sonora, and we had our pet dog with us. Yosemite was too long a drive, so what else could we do? Well, this was a nice surprise...a pet-friendly, California State Park attraction...More

1  Thank RonO-in-CA
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Really fun and definitely worth a trip. When we were there they had free tours leaving at 11. Worthwhile. Great for kids. Stagecoach rides were great.

Thank emmyba
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Hats off to the team, and many volunteers that make this place so magical. THANK YOU. We arrived on a Saturday morning, and were treated with a tour hosted by Joe to the round house to watch the No 3 engine getting ready for the...More

Thank KKG007
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I will be in Jamestown April 19-21, (Tues-We'd) will the trains be running then?
14 April 2016|
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Response from TracyH566 | Reviewed this property |
Call them as the schedule changes from time to time. Either way, its a fun visit you need to see.
Do you have to buy tickets on line in advance for the train rides? How crowded does it get? We are planning to go on 4th of July.
26 June 2015|
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Response from travelmuch2015 | Reviewed this property |
I would definitely buy online because it will be busy on the Holiday weekend. Also very hot. Bring a hat and water.
Dave E
Our car club, SacTown Classic Cruisers, will be visiting on Saturday, June 6th. Do you have any train rides/trips on that day? Thanks.
26 January 2015|
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Response from krishna292 | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry that I cannot answer to that question because I live in Hyderabad, India and I was visiting Railtown with my daughter and her family, who live in San Francisco. returning from Yosemite.