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Posted by: News_Desk on 10/18/2020 10:56 AM Updated by: News_Desk on 10/18/2020 10:59 AM
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Railtown 1897 to Present “Trains, Tracks & Terror!” Drive-Thru Event on Two Evenings, October 30 & 31

Jamestown, CA... In compliance with all state, city and county guidelines, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation are thrilled to present “Trains, Tracks & Terror!,” a newly created drive-thru event on Friday, October 30 & Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 6 to 10 p.m. each evening.

A safe alternative to trick-or-treating or haunted house activities, carloads of guests are invited to follow a pre-planned route through the Railtown 1897 property, if they dare. Drivers will be guided to go beyond the gates, along the side of the historic Roundhouse, out back past the turntable and ending up at the tri-dam machine shop that is not normally available for public viewing. Along the way, guests will experience a variety of scary yet entertaining vignettes safely from the comfort of their cars (with spooky audio broadcast through FM car radios), a sampling of which includes the following:

· Witch Station – ‘real’ and animated witches will surround a cauldron filled with a bubbling skeleton;
· Graveyard and Zombie Camp – guests will see spooky head stones, body parts, and even strolling zombies who often try to get inside passing cars;
· Scary ‘Feast’ Table – scary dinner guests will dine on a gruesome meal of body parts;
· Pumpkin Row – festive carved pumpkins, some who even sing;
· The ‘Mad’ Machinist Shop (may not be suitable for young children, so an alternate route is available) – always eager for new victims, ‘mad’ bloody machinists will be sawing bodies and revving up chain saws.

In addition, the famous Sierra No. 3® (also known as the “Movie Star Locomotive) will be front and center on the turntable, all steamed up, and ‘spooked’ out, with a skeleton crew. Also, scary scenes will be projected through windows and doorways.

Created and hosted by Railtown 1897 SHP and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, “Trains, Tracks & Terror!” is made possible by generous donations from local community organizations. A first-come, first served experience, the cost for “Trains, Tracks & Terror!” is a $5 donation per car (single family vehicles only; no motorhomes, buses, trailers or dually trucks please). Visitors must always remain in their vehicles and the experience may not be suitable for young children. For more information about this drive-thru event or Railtown 1897 SHP in general, please visit

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About the California State Railroad Museum Foundation:

The mission of the California State Railroad Museum Foundation (CSRMF) is to generate revenue and awareness on behalf of its destinations, while supporting the preservation, interpretation, and promotion of our railroad heritage. The Foundation provides funding for ongoing support of numerous programs, both at the museum's Old Sacramento location and at the historic park in Jamestown, Calif. For more information, please visit

Traci Rockefeller Cusack
T-Rock Communications
1911 Douglas Blvd. Ste 85-242
Roseville, CA 95661

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Posted on: 2020-10-18 11:50:29   By: Anonymous
Old man I bet your dad had plenty of trains pulled on him...

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    Re: /\/\ Memories
    Posted on: 2020-10-18 16:32:25   By: Anonymous
    I love that train! I can remember when I was 20 something and went on this same train for my birthday-Mom and Dad's treat. Dad was an old SPRR man (retired then) for many years. It was one of those wine and cheese trips with the mock train robbery. That was quite the treat! I think that train just went to the Y by Keystone off of J59 and then would go back to Jamestown. And they still carry out that tradition along with all the holiday events. That's so cool that they do that! I say thank you to Sierra Railroad and the state park system, SRS.

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      Re: /\/\ Memories
      Posted on: 2020-10-18 16:39:01   By: Anonymous

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      Re: /\/\ Memories
      Posted on: 2020-10-19 06:30:59   By: Anonymous
      Has anyone ever told you something is just not right upstairs? We know you ❤ trains. Crazy srs..

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