SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Soon after the opening weekend of the 32nd consecutive season of excursion
train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad on Easter weekend (April 4 & 5, 2015), California
State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are pleased to announce vintage steam
locomotive Granite Rock No. 10 will return to service on April 11, 2015. First introduced in May 1997
by the California State Railroad Museum, Granite Rock No. 10 was taken out of service in 2011 for
extensive boiler repairs during which time diesel locomotives pulled the excursion trains. Granite Rock
No. 10 is an oil-fired steam engine built by the H.K. Porter Co. for the U.S. Army in 1942.
To celebrate its official return to service, guests to Old Sacramento State Historic Park can enjoy
special viewing opportunities of Granite Rock No. 10 all weekend long. On both Saturday and Sunday
mornings beginning at 8 a.m., the public is invited to watch as the Sacramento Southern Railroad crew
lights the fire and prepares the vintage steam locomotive for its first official days of service. With
narration provided by knowledgeable Museum docents, the locomotive will be steamed up near the
turntable beginning with the tossing of a burning rag into the firebox, then the crew will work to fuel,
lubricate and water the engine as the boiler is slowly brought up to temperature.
Special steam-related activities will be taking place inside the California State Railroad Museum – North
America’s most popular rail museum – all weekend long as well. A few of the activities happening on
both days include a steam locomotive passport scavenger hunt, Granite Rock No. 10 children’s book
readings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the East Theater, and “How a Steam Locomotive Works”
presentations at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. also in the East Theater. Additionally, the Museum Store will be well
stocked with Granite Rock No. 10 merchandise for steam lovers of all ages.
Once returned to service, Granite Rock No. 10 will pull the museum’s regular weekend excursion trains.
Passengers will delight in the sights, smells and sounds of an authentic, vintage steam locomotive as it
rolls along the levees of the Sacramento River for a six-mile, 45-minute roundtrip excursion.
Periodically, Old Sacramento visitors can also enjoy special “Diesel Days” throughout the season when
the excursion trains are pulled by two gracefully-styled and visually exciting streamlined diesel
locomotives. Diesel or steam, excursion train rides offers guests with the chance to enjoy train travel
from an earlier era. The train features a combination of vintage closed coaches with comfortable seats,
and open-air “gondolas” with bench style seating. A First Class service is also available, with
refreshments served aboard an air-conditioned, vintage lounge car.
Excursion train ride tickets are available to book online in advance at www.csrmf.org or can be
purchased in-person starting at 10:30 a.m. the day of the train ride (based on availability) at the
Sacramento Southern Railroad ticket office located on Front Street between J and K Streets. All
excursion trains depart from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot in Old Sacramento (located on
Front Street between J and K Streets). Departures are on-the-hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the
weekends the trains are running.
Effective April 1, 2015, regular excursion train tickets cost $12 for adults, $6 for youths (ages 6-17), and
ages five and under ride free. For passengers desiring a ride aboard a first-class car, tickets are $20 for
adults, $15 for youths and are free for children five and under (there is a per-ticket service fee when
booking online). Special note: for the first few weeks of the excursion train ride season, the Southern
Pacific No. 291 “French Quarter” lounge car will operate as the first-class car while the El Dorado is
being serviced. Known for its eye-catching bright pink décor with white iron work, the “French Quarter”
1950s vintage lounge car was donated to the California State Railroad Museum in 1998 by Union
Pacific. Groups interested in reserving an entire first-class car for a regularly scheduled ride need to do
so in advance by calling 916-322-8485. If summer temperatures reach 100 degrees or higher, trains
may be cancelled for the remainder of that day. For more information about the weekend excursion
train rides or the California State Railroad Museum in general, please call 916-323-9280 or visit www.csrmf.org