School Train Rides

All aboard! Join for a round trip ride along the scenic Sacramento River, as you experience railroading first hand as it was in the early part of the 20th century. Pulled by one of our historic steam or diesel locomotives, this ride is the perfect hands-on compliment to visiting the museum.

The Excursion train trips take about 45 minutes once on board. Recommended for all ages.

Due to limited capacity, we can only book a small number of school groups per day. Please book in advance.

Please note that these Historic rail cars are not accessible and cannot accommodate wheelchairs. Please contact 916-445-5995 for more information.

Spring 2023 school trains run in March and April.

Reservations Required - Tuesdays & Thursdays

School Programs Current Programs Tuesday Trian Rides

A train ride may be added to any in-person school field trips on available days. The train ride must be booked for the same day as the in-person field trip. Due to limited availability, not all schools will be able to take a train ride.

Once you have booked your field trip, you will receive a link to request a train ride.

Free for all eligible groups.

Only Tuesday and Thursday groups who book a self-guided tour on Reserve CA or book the Horses to Horsepower program are eligible. The in-person and blended access "Westward Bound" program already includes a train ride and additional booking is not needed.

Train Ride Information

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Meet at the Central Pacific Passenger Station at the corner of Front and J Streets in Old Sacramento. Click here for a google maps link.

  • Trains depart at 11:30am and 1pm. You must be on board before departure time. Trains will not be held for a late group.
  • There must be a minimum of 1 adult for every 10 students for the train ride.
  • Participants should arrive 30 minutes prior to the departure time.
  • Please contact the CSRM Group Desk if you cannot make your train ride ([email protected] or (916) 323-9274).


Please contact the California State Railroad Museum Group Desk if you have any questions or to make reservations over the phone.

[email protected]
(916) 323-9274