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Tickets to THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride Go On Sale to the Public on October 1 for Old Sacramento and on October 11 for Jamestown Experiences

SACRAMENTO (September 27, 2019)The California State Railroad Museum Foundation is excited to announce tickets for THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride for this holiday season go on sale to the public on Tuesday, October 1 at 9 a.m. for rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad in Old Sacramento State Historic Park and on Friday, October 11 at 9 a.m. for experiences on the Sierra Railway at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown.

Tens of thousands of Northern California families enjoy festive and nostalgic rides aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride each holiday season. Pulled by a historic locomotive and headed to the North Pole, dedicated staff and volunteers from the Museum, Park & Foundation go to great lengths to re-create the holiday experience depicted in the classic children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. The holiday train ride experience includes keepsake souvenir tickets, hot cocoa, festive holiday cookies, Santa Claus sightings and even the coveted silver bells – the first gift of Christmas for those who still believe in Santa Claus.

The festive and fun train rides kick-off on Friday, November 29 at both locations. After that initial holiday weekend, train rides are available Wednesdays through Sundays (in Old Sacramento) and Friday through Sundays (in Jamestown) through December 22. In Old Sacramento, trains depart at 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. & 8 p.m. on the days the holiday trains are running; in Jamestown, trains depart at 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Train ride tickets prices must be purchased online, and the cost may be dependent on the train car selected and timing of the ride, depending on the location. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride tickets are available from as low as $40 per person (coach seats for a group of four matinee departure in Old Sacramento) and as low as $50 per person (coach seats in Jamestown) in addition to a ticket service charge of $6 per ticket. Children under two years of age are free and must be seated on an adult’s lap. Group and first-class experiences are also possible, based on availability.

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About the California State Railroad Museum Foundation

The mission of the California State Railroad Museum Foundation (CSRMF) is to generate revenue and awareness on behalf of its destinations, while supporting the preservation, interpretation and promotion of our railroad heritage. The Foundation provides funding for ongoing support of numerous programs, both at the museum's Old Sacramento location and at the historic park in Jamestown, Calif. For more information, please visit

Media Contacts:

- Tim Schroepfer, 916-324-8859, [email protected], California State Railroad Museum Foundation
- Traci Rockefeller Cusack, 916-213-4373, [email protected], T-Rock Communications