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Train lovers sojourn to the "movie railroad" to view historic locomotives used during the Gold Rush, and later reinvigorated to star in Hollywood films such as "Back to the Future 3." Located in Jamestown, in the heart of Gold Country right off Highway 49, the park is open Thursday through Monday (April-October, 9:30a.m.-4:30p.m.; November-March, 10a.m.-3p.m.) Excursion trains operate hourly from 11 to 3 on Saturdays and Sundays from April-October (with limited service in November and December). While you take a self-guided walking tour, notice the historic Jamestown shops and Roundhouse of the Sierra Railway. Pop into the Depot Store to buy ...

Train lovers sojourn to the "movie railroad" to view historic locomotives used during the Gold Rush, and later reinvigorated to star in Hollywood films such as "Back to the Future 3." Located in Jamestown, in the heart of Gold Country right off Highway 49, the park is open Thursday through Monday (April-October, 9:30a.m.-4:30p.m.; November-March, 10a.m.-3p.m.) Excursion trains operate hourly from 11 to 3 on Saturdays and Sundays from April-October (with limited service in November and December). While you take a self-guided walking tour, notice the historic Jamestown shops and Roundhouse of the Sierra Railway. Pop into the Depot Store to buy a train souvenir for your budding engineer, then hop on the rails for a 6-mile, 40-minute ride up into the stunning Sierra foothills. Afterward, explore the collection of trains and the roundhouse that starred in "Unforgiven" and "High Noon." This popular day-trip offers an entertaining romp into history without being dull.

Michele Bigley
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Michele Bigley is the author of Northern California: An Explorer's Guide and Great Destinations Kauai from Countryman Press.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Located in Jamestown, in the heart of California’s Gold Country about 100 miles southeast of Sacramento
  • Research: Wikipedia
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall

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    Summer, spring, fall