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.
California State Railroad Museum Reviews
This is a do not miss attraction! This place has well displayed engines, cars, memorabilia, and much more. The facility is huge with multiple displays and knowledgeable volunteers to discuss different... more »
This museum is very affordable for families and will take all day to experience everything, on the weekends you can even take a train ride, the museum is three floors and they do have an elevator for ... more »
My 4yo son spends hours here. Interesting local/ state history. Kids play area upstairs. Staff are knowledge and willing to educate. Nice place to stroll the board walk shops near by. RV and large vehicle parking available behind museum. Park to right under the overpass for hourly rate by credit card if not staying all day.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the railroad museum. The staff is always friendly and welcoming. The kids that I am a nanny for absolutely love the museum, it is a place for them to explore and be them selves. They are very inquisitive children and often ask the staff many many questions. If a staff member does not know the answer to one of their questions, they often go and find someone who can answer it for them. Their favorite parts are the play room with the children toys, Picking out a new toy train in the gift shop, and taking a train ride (although it is a bit short, it is the perfect length for young children.) I enjoy the museum myself, each time we go I always learn something new and exciting. Definitely one of the best museums here in Sacramento.
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