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Mystery rides the rails on Sierra Pacific dinner trains
The cast of the murder mystery show aboard the Sierra Railroad murder mystery train. - photo by Photo Contributed

OAKDALE — Murder rides the rails out of Oakdale.

It’s part of the popular Sierra Railroad Murder Mystery Train that combines a relaxing ride on the same line where Hollywood standards such as “Back to the Future” and TV favorites such as “Petticoat Junction” were partially filmed, elegant food, and roaming entertainment.

The Sierra Railroad hosts the longest running murder mystery show in the California Central Valley. Inspired by such classics as Murder on the Orient Express, a moving train is the ideal location to experience a murder mystery show. They take a light-hearted approach to the show offering a memorable evening of laughter and good food while you ride through the countryside. The train ride is 3 to 3.5 hours long.

The next two murder mystery train rides depart the Sierra Pacific Railroad station at 330 S. Sierra Ave. adjacent to the Oakdale city park at the junction of Highway 120 and 108 on Saturday, Oct, 19, and Saturday, Nov. 9, at 4 p.m.  The train for today sold out weeks ago attesting to its popularity.

The silver option for $67 plus tax and tip includes the train ride and dinner. Coffee or sodas are not included.

The gold option for $92 plus tax and tip features enhanced service with premium seating, champagne toast, complimentary coffee and soda, additional appetizer (shrimp cocktail), and a rose for the ladies.

The mystery train menu includes

• SOUP OR SALAD: Chef’s Choice

• ENTREES: Beef Tenderloin Medallion: Twin 3 oz beef tenderloin medallions with mashed potatoes and topped with portobello mushrooms, tomatoes, smoked bacon mixture, and finished with gorgonzola crumbles and a light au jus sauce.

Mediterranean Chicken: Seared chicken breast topped with sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives, button mushrooms, and finished with feta cheese crumbles, balsamic syrup and basil oil. Served with mashed potatoes.

Seared Salmon: Seared salmon atop a bed of rice pilaf and finished with a basil-dill cream sauce.

Garden Lasagna: Lasagna layered with fresh garden veggies in a spicy marinara. No meat is included.

• DESSERT: Chef’s Choice

For more information go to or call 1-800-866-1690