Excursion Train Rides

Ride the Sacramento Southern Railroad, the Museum's Intrepretive Railroad

Excursion Train Return October 10!

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All aboard the California State Railroad Museum’s popular excursion railroad

The Sacramento Southern Railroad

2020 marks the 37th consecutive season the excursion trains have been operating in Old Sacramento. Train rides return with our open-air gondolas pulled by one of our vintage diesel locomotives from the Museum’s collection.

The Sacramento Southern Railroad is operated in partnership between the California State Railroad Museum and Foundation. Railroad proceeds help fund Museum and Foundation projects and initiatives.

Ticket Information

Days and Hours of Operation

Saturdays and Sundays
Departures: 10:00a.m., 11:30a.m. 1:00p.m., 2:30p.m., & 4:00p.m.

Ticket Prices

Please see our ticket site for current prices.

Members receive reduced price or free tickets based on their membership level. Click here for membership information.

Additional Information


Tickets maybe purchased or picked up from the Central Pacific Passenger Station at the corner of Front and J Streets in Old Sacramento. Click here for a google maps link.


Due to the historic nature of the coaches, all passengers must be able to climb a narrow set of stairs to board the coaches. Due to limited aisle widths, wheelchairs, mobility devices, and strollers are not permitted on the coaches. Temporary storage for devices is provided at the passenger station. Should you have any questions regarding accessibility please call the Membership Office, Monday – Friday from 10am – 5pm at (916) 445-5995

About The Sacramento Southern Railroad

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.

Perhaps the most dynamic way to experience railroading is to actually ride a train, as many visitors to the California State Railroad Museum can attest. Since 1982, excursion trains have been a popular offering along the Sacramento waterfront and a rewarding activity for those involved in the myriad, related tasks of construction and refurbishment, operation and maintenance. But what has it taken to get to this point, and where does the name "Sacramento Southern Railroad" come from anyway?

Click here to read about the history of the Sacramento Southern Railroad