The California State Railroad Museum complex is one of Sacramento’s largest and most popular visitor destinations. With over 225,000 square feet of total exhibit space, the buildings within the California State Railroad Museum complex use stimulating exhibits, enthusiastic and knowledgeable docents, and beautifully restored railroad cars and locomotives to illustrate railroad history in California and the West.
Throughout the main Railroad History Museum building, 21 meticulously restored locomotives and cars and numerous exhibits illustrate how railroads have shaped people’s lives, the economy, and the unique culture of California and the West. Included are a Pullman-style sleeping car and a dining car filled with railroad china.
The Museum is committed to cooperation with the motion picture and television industries as an important part of its mission to “tell the story of railroading” to the widest possible audience.
Through its vast facilities, the California State Railroad Museum can help create sets, landscapes, and action representing virtually any part of the country over a 150-year time span. And it can make the illusion real with its unparalleled collections of railroad equipment and artifacts
The California State Railroad Museum is a part of California State Parks. The Museum encompasses a wide variety of facilities at two sites: the California State Railroad Museum complex in Old Sacramento, and the l00-year-old Sierra Railroad Shops at Railtown 1897 in Jamestown, California, 90 miles southeast of Sacramento in the Sierra foothills.
The California State Railroad Museum Library is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive railroad research facility, with over one million graphic images, books, corporate archives, and research materials covering the entire United States. The Library is an excellent resource for writers, art directors, set designers, and anyone working to establish historic details.
Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
10501 Reservoir Rd
Jamestown, CA 95327