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Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

5th Ave & Reservoir Rd., Jamestown, CA
+1 209-984-3953
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Ride a steam engine train for $15! A great experience for enthusiasts.

We visited on a very hot summer day. Fortunately, on the depot platform, they had misters spraying... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Harpskii
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San Francisco, California
A fantastic historic railroad with great people

Just got back from Jamestown railroad and what a great place it was. The people who work there are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Andymac64
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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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.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“train ride” (44 reviews)
“steam train” (21 reviews)
“round house” (18 reviews)
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5th Ave & Reservoir Rd., Jamestown, CA
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+1 209-984-3953
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on a very hot summer day. Fortunately, on the depot platform, they had misters spraying. The staff all wore period costumes which were delightful. We ended up riding the steam train at a cost of $15 per adult. It was a 45-minute ride...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just got back from Jamestown railroad and what a great place it was. The people who work there are just great and enthusiastic about everything trains. Got there for 1:30 train ride and then the tour. Steam train enthusiasts or those who appreciate engineering and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are a train lover then this place is for you. I took some pics and enjoyed with family. Go for it but do not expect a lot, you might get a train ride on week end as well

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Reviewed 7 July 2018

We were passing through the area on our way to Groveland/Yosemite, and decided to stop and check out Railtown 1897. It was a hot late afternoon, so we didn't spend a lot of time at the park. We checked out the displays, walked around the...More

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Reviewed 19 June 2018

We attended the Father's Day celebration at Railtown 1897 and had a wonderful day. All the docents were passionate about the history of the railroad and really made an effort to make this day special for all. They brought out steam Engine No. 3 for...More

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Reviewed 5 June 2018

My father worked here for over 40 years. I still enjoy going back to visit the trains and round house. Take the tour! It is very informative. There are picnic tables available under the trees. And don't forget to see Engine 3. It is the...More

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Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

We had so much fun relaxing on the train ride through the rolling hills of Jamestown. The train was well-maintained and the length of the ride was perfect.

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Reviewed 2 June 2018

Traveling from No. Calif. to Yosemite via hwy 120? It's worth the time to make a slight detour and streach your legs here. Hundreds of films and t.v. shows shot right here, using these historic rail cars. Railway rides on the weekends. Visit their site...More

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Reviewed 29 May 2018

Lots of docents in costume leading tours, serving on steam train ride. Fascinating history of Gold Rush era trains and their later use in the movies. Great bookstore with works by historians, not just "gift shop memorabilia." Very enjoyable visit.

Thank Sheryl R
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

I visited Railtown 1897 State Historic Park with a friend on Easter Sunday. They were holding Easter Egg Hunts with the Easter Bunny, so the place was understandably quite full with families and children. We expected to take a quick walk around the park, and...More

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sinfulthoughts48
23 July 2018|
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Response from Jim K | Reviewed this property |
No food sold in the park. They do have picnic tables, so bring sandwiches or stop at a local deli. There is a cute older couple that sells popcorn.
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Jeanette K
8 July 2018|
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Response from CharleyJ52 | Reviewed this property |
A wheelchair will be challenging but the staff is very friendly​ and should be able to help accommodate. The ground is uneven and there is some gravel. I would recommend calling ahead to see if there are other accommodations... More
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bernards206
16 October 2017|
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Response from robertinSJ | Reviewed this property |
You can actually walk around and see a lot outside of operating hours. Check their website. Trains don't run everyday and occasionally they run a steam engine in addition to diesel engines so you may want to plan a specific... More
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