Central Pacific Passenger Station and Santa Fe Locomotives

Central Pacific Passenger Station

The Central Pacific Passenger Station was reconstructed 40 years ago as a re-creation of the original 1876 Passenger Station building. ​The Passenger Station has served over the years as open storage, housing the ​California State Railroad Museum's rolling stock, overnight storage for locomotives and railroad equipment, and has been activated as the site for special events and educational programs.

Today, the passenger station is in use as the ticket office and headquarters of the Museum's interpretive excursion railroad, the Sacramento Southern Railroad. The public entrance to the Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station is located on Front Street between J and I Streets. Once inside, guests explore 19th century train travel and can pickup excursion train tickets to ride history on the Sacramento Southern Railroad. Once on the platform, guests will see historic train equipment, passenger cars, and locomotives from the museum's collection, including the crowd-favorite J.W. Bowker steam locomotive that was featured in the 1939 film Union Pacific and last operated in 1953.

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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.