SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 27, 2016) – Showcasing the rich history and deep connection between agriculture and the railroad, the California State Railroad Museum Foundation is proud to continue its Farm-to-Fork partnership with the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau and offer The Cocktail Train on Sunday, September 25, 2016. The Foundation first presented the sell-out VIP experience in 2015, which was recognized as a finalist in Sunset Magazine’s Travel Awards competition in the “Best Train Experience” category.
“We’re very proud to offer such a unique train ride experience as part of the city’s ‘Farm-to-Fork’ movement and we’re thrilled our train ride was recognized by Sunset Magazine after our inaugural effort,” said Cheryl Marcell, President & CEO of the California State Railroad Museum Foundation. “This is the perfect time to celebrate the region’s early history of agriculture and railroading when the Sacramento Southern Railroad was primarily used to transport pears, asparagus, celery, seeds and other agricultural products to markets from local Delta communities.”
With one departure only on this very special evening, the all First Class Train departs from the Central Pacific Freight Depot in Old Sacramento at 6 p.m. After crossing Capitol Mall, guests will enjoy a leisurely ride along the Sacramento River levee as they delight in exquisite appetizers and beverages from The Firehouse, Ten 22 and District By Ten 22 prepared by Jay Veregge, Director of Culinary Operations for Harvego Restaurant Group, and his talented culinary team.
Cocktail Train guests can sit back and experience what first class was like during the early decades of the 20th century as developed by the Southern Pacific Railroad. Uniformed stewards provide the finest service aboard three of the California State Railroad Museum’s First Class cars: the beautifully restored 1920s El Dorado, the French Quarter that served the famed Southern Pacific “Sunset Limited” service and the Audubon that is appropriately named due to its hand-painted reproductions of bird illustrations by artist/naturalist John James Audubon. Two eye-catching locomotives will pull the VIP trains – Western Pacific No. 913 and Southern Pacific No. 6051 – both of which are classic streamlined locomotives representative of the first generation of diesel-electric locomotives.
Space is limited on The Farm-To-Fork Cocktail Train and tickets are on sale now. Train ride tickets cost $100 per person (plus a nominal per ticket service fee) and all guests must be 21 or over. To purchase tickets aboard The Cocktail Train, please visit https://www.californiarailroad.museum/.