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“Fascinating, interesting and knowledgable staff”

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Jamestown
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A working railroad since the 1890's, this park is now run by the California State Railroad Museum. It offers visitors self-guided tours.
Canterbury Region, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fascinating, interesting and knowledgable staff”
Reviewed 10 January 2012

We came for a couple of hours in the morning to ride the steam train stayed until after closing time. A huge range of vintage machinery and a lot of very unique stuff local to the area made this museum quite special. Staff knew their stuff - nothing like volunteers to take tours, their enthusiasm was evident. Others that we talked to (couples and family groups mainly) all thought it was an excellent park. $5 entry fee only

Visited April 2011
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Sonora, California
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
“A step back in time”
Reviewed 10 January 2012

This is a must do adventure when visiting the Tuolumne County Gold Country. There is a fantastic railroad museum but taking a train ride on the old steam train is the highlight. Call ahead because in the winter the hiurs are limited on the weekends. The water tower here was seen in the opening every week on the TV series Petticoat Junction. Step back into Gold Rush history with a visit to this wnderful place.

Visited August 2011
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Rio Vista, California
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Rairoad buffs will love it”
Reviewed 5 January 2012

It is a great scene of the railyard of the turn of the century, 19th to 20th. Well preserved and authentic. Not overly Disneyfied.

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Wasilla, Alaska
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A must see for those interested in the history of California.”
Reviewed 5 January 2012

The whole experience is well worth the time and money. Ride the train and take the tour of the yard. The volunteers are passionate about their job and give you a real sense of what it was like back then. Bring a lunch and use the picnic grounds. The locomotive has starred in many movies such as "High Noon", and tv shows such as "Rawhide".

Visited October 2011
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99 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Not to be missed”
Reviewed 26 September 2011

The tour was extremely informative and the train ride was great. Please go to the californian state park website to vote to keep the funding for this state park otherwise this attraction will close and Jamestown with it.

Visited September 2011
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