California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento

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Dedicated to the "iron horse" that connected the Golden State to the rest of the country, California State Railroad Museum holds over 20 locomotives and railroad cars. Watch for the large-scale model of the Donner Pass that allowed trains to pass through the Sierra Nevada mountains--it prompts photos from many visitors. Other locomotives outside have been restored to gleaming chrome and dark iron. Book a tour through the railcars, given by costumed train enthusiasts, who explain the mechanics and the lifestyle on the tracks. Put California State Railroad Museum into our Sacramento tour planning website and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Having read several references to this museum over the years, we finally had an opportunity to visit and check it out. We were not disappointed! Even if you have a minimal interest in trains and train...  more »
  • I have been to train museums around the world and this is the best hands down. While you are there, you will see trains in motion, on turn tables, visiting for special events via the tracks outside, a...  more »
  • Learn about the railroads of California with lots of great exhibits of engines and cars. Walk inside historic rail cars and engines and learn about the men and women that built the Central Pacific and...  more »
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  • This is such an awesome museum! Perfect for kids and adults. My 2 year old son LOVES trains and absolutely had a blast seeing all the different trains. It is definitely worth the price of admission and parking. Then after that you get to walk old town and see the beautiful sights.
  • Probably one of the top train museums in the US. If you love steam, they have it. Be sure to take advantage of the knowledgeable docents. They have some great stories and make the displays come alive.
  • My three year old enjoyed the trains. We all had fun with the train that simulates train movement. You can spend a couple of hours here.
  • Docent had great commentaries But there was not enough time to view the displays and read all the signs. Need at least 2 hours to be thorough. The movie was great.
  • Great museum full of yesteryear nostalgic railroad locomotives that trekked the beginning tracks of the State of California. I especially enjoyed the stroll through some old Pullman cars. There is also a gallery where young children can play with sets of Thomas the Train & others. And a nice display of older toy train sets. When you are done looking at everything, take a ride on a real locomotive. Just a fun time in Old Town Sacramento!

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