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An old, authentic train in Railtown 1897 SHP
Copyright: - California State Parks
An old, authentic train in Railtown 1897 SHP
Description - Located in Jamestown, three miles south of Sonora, the park is the place where the Sierra Railway Company began its short-line operation in 1897. The trains hauled passengers and freight into the Mother Lode.

Attractions - Located in Jamestown, three miles south of Sonora, the park is the place where the Sierra Railway Company began its short-line operation in 1897. The trains hauled passengers and freight into the Mother Lode. The old steam locomotives were replaced by diesel engines in the 1950s. From the end of May through the end of summer the park's famous steam trains offer excursions through the Sierra foothill gold country. The engines and cars have starred in movies and television shows since 1919, in productions such as High Noon and Little House on the Prairie.

Recreation - Roundhouse and blacksmith shop tours are offered on weekends. The park also features a slide program, gift shop and picnic facilities.

Steam trains offer excursions through the Sierra foothill gold country on weekends, April through October, with departures on the hour, 11:00am to 3:00pm. Trains also run on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

Climate - Gold County generally experiences warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, it comes mostly in the form of snow. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.

Location - The park is located in Jamestown, three miles south of Sonora, at Fifth and Reservoir Streets.


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Contact Information:
Railtown 1897 SHP, P.O. Box 1250 , Jamestown, CA, 95327, Phone: 209-984-3953

Additional Information:
California's Historic Sites - This section includes the major historic sites within California. California's rich history is showcased in its many historic sites and monuments.
Gold Country State Parks, Historic Parks and Recreation Areas - The Gold Country Region lies to the west of the Sierra Nevadas in northern California. It features one state park, two state recreation areas, and ten state historic parks.

Links:
California State Parks - Official agency website.

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