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Railtown offers hands-on experience ‘crew for a day’ program participants

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POSTED July 8, 2014 1:07 a.m.

JAMESTOWN – California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) is offering a special “Crew for a Day” program perfect for rail fans interested in a unique, hands-on experience. The exciting new offering, which helps to raise much-needed funds for the Park, is available now but must be scheduled in advance.

As honorary Railtown 1897 SHP crew members, “Crew for a Day” participants learn about historic steam engines in an up-close and personal style, engage in hands-on locomotive start-up procedures — that include lighting the locomotive with a burning rag, lubricating, fueling, and taking on water at the historic water tank — and have the opportunity to watch the operation of the historic Sierra No. 3 steam locomotive from the engine cab. The fun-filled experience ends with participants joining the fire crew and tailing the steam engine in a vintage track car. All “Crew for a Day” participants receive a special “Crew for a Day” certificate and have their photograph taken with the members of the Railtown 1897 SHP crew. The day-long VIP program is available to adults ages 18 and older and can accommodate up to two guests at one time. The cost to participate in the unique “Crew for a Day” program at Railtown 1897 SHP costs $500 for one person or $750 for two individuals. 


More information about the new “Crew for a Day” program offered by Railtown 1897 SHP is available at or by calling 209.984.8703.

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