Central Pacific Passenger Station and Santa Fe Locomotives

Central Pacific Passenger Station

Reconstructed 40 years ago as a re-creation of the original building as it appeared in 1876, the historic passenger station has been closed to the public for approximately 10 years. During that time, however, the Passenger Station has remained in active use as a housing area for the Museum’s rolling stock, overnight storage for locomotives and railroad equipment and periodically as the site for special events and educational programs. Effective immediately, an admission ticket to the California State Railroad Museum grants access to both the Museum and the Passenger Station and vice versa (tickets can be purchased at either location).

The public entrance to the Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station is located on Front Street between J and I Streets. Once inside, guests step back in time (circa 1876) to gain an understanding of 19th century train travel complete with separate waiting rooms for men and women. Once on the platform, guests will see historic train equipment (such as a working freight scale for example), passenger cars from the 1870s and more along with voice boxes and interpretive signage. As a highlight inside the Passenger Station, guests can view the crowd-favorite J.W. Bowker steam locomotive that was featured in the 1939 film Union Pacific and last operated in 1953. Additionally, knowledgeable docents and trained Museum staff will be on-site inside the Passenger Station to help answer questions provide historic interpretation. 

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Santa Fe Locomotives

Located just outside the Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station, all visitors to Old Sacramento can view an eye-catching Union Pacific caboose and two impressive Santa Fe steam locomotives 2925 and 5021 from the Museum’s prized collection. In fact, these two Santa Fe locomotives were recently repainted – complete with historically accurate silver lettering – thanks to the California State Railroad Museum Foundation’s strong financial commitment and hard work by paid staff and volunteers. The Santa Fe locomotives are located in an area with active tracks and ongoing rail activity so guests are urged to be cautious and attentive.