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.

This FREE, 45-minute excursion train trip is available for all K-12 school groups. Reservations are required.

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

Reservations for the 2024/2025 school year are not yet available

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How to Reserve

School Programs Current Programs Tuesday Trian Rides

Once you have booked your field trip, you will receive a link to reserve the free excursion train ride.

A train ride may be added to any in-person school field trip on Tuesdays or Thursdays. 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.

The Westward Bound program already includes a train ride. Additional reservations for those groups are not required.

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 10am and 11:30am. 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.
  • These historic rail cars are not accessible and cannot accommodate wheelchairs. All passengers must be able to climb a narrow set of stairs to board. Please contact 916-445-5995 for questions about accessibility on the train.
  • 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