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Sacramento and the Gold Country Sights

Railtown 1897

  • 18115 5th Ave. Map It
  • Jamestown
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 05/18/2015

Fodor's Review

A must for rail enthusiasts and families with kids, this is one of the most intact early roundhouses (maintenance facilities) in North America. You can hop aboard a steam train for a 40-minute journey—bring along the family dog if you'd like. The docents entertain guests with tales about the history of locomotion. Listen to the original rotor and pulleys in the engine house and take in the smell of axle grease. Walk through a genteel passenger car with dusty-green velvet seats and ornate metalwork, where Grace Kelly and Gary Cooper filmed a scene in the epic Western High Noon.You can also climb onto a historic train to see where the fireman once shoveled coal into the tender.

Sight Information


18115 5th Ave., Jamestown, California, 95327, United States

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Sight Details:

  • Roundhouse tour $5; train ride $15
  • Apr.–Oct., daily 9:30–4:30; Nov.–Mar., daily 10–3; train ride, weekends Apr.–Oct. (additional holiday rides are offered some weekends in late Nov. and Dec.)

Updated 05/18/2015


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