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California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.7/5 based on 1,800+ reviews on the web
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. Make California State Railroad Museum a centerpiece of your Sacramento vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Sacramento tourist route planner.
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  • I was aware of the some of the different configurations of the locomotive's wheels, but never knew just how many there were, and the reasons for them. 
  • A nice place for family. Guided tour too slow for my tastes, so we left it and explored on our own, I really enjoyed the futuristic train exhibit as well as seeing what things cost not that lo ago. 
  • We had a couple of hours to pass before heading to Yosemite, so choose the museum. Good choice, both enjoyed our time and amazed to find that the Chinese help build the railroad as well as the Irish 
  • Yesterday was my first time there and I loved it. They have some great exhibits, fascinating information and a wonderful staff. A few of the trains were staged on the inside to look the way they would have looked when they were personal and one even rocked like a real train would if it was running on the tracks. Definitely a place everyone should visit at least once. I will definitely go back again.
  • Took my sister (from out of state) to this museum. I wasn't sure if I would like it. I didn't. ... I loved it! Enjoyed seeing the huge engines. The tour is very informative and tells the historic story of the railroad as it connected in the middle.
  • Really great museum. All the trains are real deal, not just recreations. They have so many trains, they have to switch them out periodically to show all of them. Be sure to take the guided tour. I think it runs every hour, and it's the best way to get to know the history. I would say this museum requires at least three hours to fully appreciate.
  • A delightful, family, group friendly environment to learn about the Central Pacific Railroad, completing the western part of the "First Transcontinental Railroad" in North America. There are a number of railroad engine and railroad cars exhibited. Also children's (adult's) model railroad exhibits. Many knowledgeable docents to explain the exhibits. Adjoining gift shop with children's, adult books, DVD documentaries, music, train set, stickers, lapel pins, mugs, cups, regional dining sets from many of the 1950's Dining Cars!
  • I loved this museum so much! There was a hi speed rail train on display that you could go inside. There was also a hi speed rail simulator where you're operating it. There's also a lot of model trains on display, plus huge ones. There's so much history here and so much to learn about. It's absolutely worth a trip.
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