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Steam trains roll July 4th weekend
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JAMESTOWN — The ever-popular weekend steam-powered excursion trains at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) will be running all three days of the 4th of July holiday weekend – July 2, 3 and 4 – with special rides behind Sierra No. 3 (widely known as the “Movie Star Locomotive”) and aboard Caboose No. 7 on Monday, July 4 only.

On Saturday and Sunday, the excursion trains depart on-the-hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Then on Monday, July 4, excursion train ride availability has been expanded with trains departing hourly from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day only.

Excursion train ride passengers will be treated to a six-mile, 40-minute round trip ride along the rails of the famous “Movie Railroad,” passing through California’s scenic Gold Country where scenes from many Hollywood movies were filmed. Tickets for all holiday weekend steam train excursion rides are $13 for adults, $6 for youths ages 6-17 and kids five and under are free. On Saturday and Sunday, tickets are available on a first-come, first served basis at the ticket window beginning at 10 a.m. the day of the train ride. For Monday, July 4, train rides behind Sierra No. 3, advance tickets are available online at All train ride tickets include park admission.

In addition, guests are encouraged to spend the day at Railtown 1897 SHP by touring the park and learning more about its authentic railroad facilities. Also, guests are invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the sprawling Roundhouse lawn.

Steam-powered excursion train rides are offered weekends through October 2011.