California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum and Foundation presents the only train ride experience behind an authentic, historic locomotive in the Sacramento area.
Enjoy history-rich weekend excursion trains on the Sacramento Southern Railroad. Each weekend through September, guests can enjoy relaxing and memorable excursion train rides along the picturesque Sacramento River and waterfront pulled by either a vintage steam locomotive or a historic diesel locomotive.
Diesel or steam, excursion train ride guests delight in the sights, smells and sounds of an authentic, historic locomotive as it rolls along the levees of the Sacramento River for a six-mile, 45-minute roundtrip excursion. Appealing to all ages, the experience offers guests the chance to enjoy train travel from an earlier era. The train features a combination of vintage closed coaches with comfortable seats, open-air “gondolas” with bench style seating or VIP train ride experiences onboard one of three of the California State Railroad Museum’s first class cars (depending on the weekend): the El Dorado lounge observation car, the Audubon dining car or the French Quarter lounge car from the 1950s that served the famed Southern Pacific “Sunset Limited” service.
Excursion train ride tickets are available to book online in advance or can be purchased in-person starting at 10:30am the day of the train ride (based on availability) at the Central Pacific Railroad Depot ticket office that will be relocated to the Central Pacific Passenger Station (Front and J Streets) in Old Sacramento State Historic Park.
Excursion trains depart from the adjacent Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot on-the-hour from 11am to 4pm on the weekends the trains are running.