Train Rides

Enjoy a 45-minute ride along the Sacramento River

Tuesday Train Rides

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As an expansion of the weekday train ride program for local school groups, the California State Railroad Museum offers excursion train rides to the general public on Tuesdays. Two train ride times are available at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the scheduled Tuesdays when the trains are running (generally February-April and October).

All excursion trains depart from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot in Old Sacramento (on Front Street between J and K Streets). Tickets cost $12 for adults, $6 for youth (ages 6-17) and free for children ages 5 and under. Weekday train ride tickets are only available in person on a first-come, first-served basis at 10:30 a.m. the day of the train ride at the Sacramento Southern Railroad ticket office, located in the Central Pacific Passenger Station. For more information, call (916) 323-9280.

Excursion Train Rides

Excursion Train Rides

All aboard the California State Railroad Museum’s popular excursion railroad — the Sacramento Southern Railroad. 2018 marks the 35th consecutive season the excursion trains have been operating in Old Sacramento. Train rides include closed coach cars, open-air gondolas and a first-class observation car pulled by either Granite Rock No. 10 steam locomotive or one of our vintage diesel locomotives from the Museum’s collection.

  • Days of operation: Saturdays and Sundays, April 7-September 23
  • Hours of operation: Every hour on the hour, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting)
  • Departure location: Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot in Old Sacramento (located on Front Street between J and K Streets).
  • Ticket Office location: Central Pacific Passenger Station in Old Sacramento (located on Front and J Streets)
  • Tickets: Regular Coach: $12 adults, $6 youths (ages 6-17), ages 5 and under ride free.
  • First Class Car: $24 adults, $16 youths (ages 6-17), ages 5 and under ride free.

*Please note: Weekend excursion train tickets are available for pre-purchase online, except for the day of the excursion. No tickets are available for pre-purchase online the day of the train ride. Tickets are available on the weekends on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Sacramento Southern Railroad ticket office located in the Central Pacific Passenger Station. For more information about train rides, call the Membership Department at (916) 445-5995.

Farm-to-Fork Cocktail Train

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Celebrate Farm-to-Fork in rail-related style! Showcasing the rich history and deep connection between agriculture and the railroad, the fourth annual Farm-to-Fork Cocktail Trains are scheduled for the last weekend in September. Guests will enjoy a leisurely first-class train ride as well as exquisite locally prepared appetizers and beverages. Space is limited for this special event and all train ride guests must be at least 21-years-old.

Spookomotive Train Ride

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This delightful, not frightful train is just the ticket for the whole family. On weekends in October, guests will enjoy exciting on-board entertainment and a tasty Halloween treat. The whimsically decorated and diesel-powered train ride is crawling with spiders, cobwebs and cornstalks, and staffed by a “skeleton crew.” Train ride guests are encouraged to get in the spirit and dress up according to these fun weekly themes: Superheroes & Villains, Pirates & Princesses and Witches & Wizards. For guests desiring a VIP experience, ride in the First Class Mad Scientist Laboratory! Members receive discounted pricing. Book tickets starting September 4.

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

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Relive the magical journey of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ on an hour-long train ride to the North Pole. Enjoy hot chocolate and delicious cookies as you ride along with many of the story’s characters; such as the Conductor, the Dancing Chefs and a ghostly Hobo. Once you reach the North Pole, Santa will come on board to give each passenger a silver sleighbell, the “first gift of Christmas”. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride runs in November and December.

Ride in First Class Style!

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During Summer Weekend Excursion Train Rides, enjoy a scenic, 45-minute ride along the Sacramento River and sit back in luxury and air conditioned comfort as you are served refreshments in first class style. Each operating day we will be pulling one of our three elegant first class cars: The El Dorado, The French Quarter, and The Audubon Dining Car.

Explore First Class Cars

Since 1984, more than one million guests have taken a ride aboard the Sacramento Southern Railroad, served by all-volunteer crews fully trained and certified under Federal Railroad Administration regulations. Each spring, the Sacramento Southern Railroad takes center stage as visitors enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of authentic locomotives as they roll along the levees of the Sacramento River. Appealing to all ages, the experience offers guests the chance to experience train travel from an earlier era.

During the operating season, weekends April – September, tickets for Sacramento Southern Railroad excursion train rides are available to purchase online during the week or on a first-come, first-served basis on the weekends starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Sacramento Southern Railroad ticket office, located in the Central Pacific Passenger Station. To reserve the entire First Class car for a regularly scheduled train ride, April - September, please email [email protected]

Members of the California State Railroad Museum ride free in coach seating on the regular weekend excursion train ride!

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