Fodor's Expert Review Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

Jamestown Fodor's Choice

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. Polar Express excursions at Christmastime sell out quickly.

Fodor's Choice Family Park (National/State/Provincial)

Quick Facts

18115 5th Ave.
Jamestown, California  95327, USA


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Roundhouse tour $5; rides from $15

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