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California State Railroad Museum

Railroad museum in Sacramento, California

The California State Railroad Museum is a museum in the state park system of California, United States, interpreting the role of the "iron horse" in connecting California to the rest of the nation. It is located in Old Sacramento State Historic Park at 111 I Street, Sacramento.[1]

The museum features 21 restored locomotives and railroad cars, some dating back to 1862. The "Sierra Scene" shows a large scale mockup of a construction scene high in the Sierra Nevada representing Donner Pass circa 1867, featuring the locomotive Gov. Stanford. Other exhibits show how the influence of railroads changed American society, influencing travel, commerce and daily life, as well as the lives of railroaders and the diversity of people who work on railroads. Changing exhibits featuring photography, ephemera, and artifacts from the museum's collection, add depth and incidental information to the overall story of railroad history. The Museum has an extensive educational program for elementary students from across the region to help them learn about railroad history using re-enactments, costumed docents, and including train and handcar rides. The roundhouse area of the museum features a rotating display of locomotives and equipment belonging to the museum. When not on display, these items are stored and worked on at the nearby Sacramento Railyards in the remaining buildings that were part of the original Southern Pacific Shop complex. A large 3-rail O-gauge model train layout is also located in the museum.

Adjacent to the main museum building is a reconstruction of the 1870s-era Central Pacific Railroad passenger station and freightdepot on Front Street, which houses historic and contemporary railroad equipment. In early 2011, the interior remained closed to public use, but is occasionally open for special events. Between April and October, the Sacramento Southern Railroad, operated by the museum, takes passengers on a 40-minute, 6-mile (9.7 km) roundtrip route along the Sacramento River on a portion of the Walnut Grove branch of the former Southern Pacific Railroad. The Sacramento Southern Railroad owns the Walnut Grove Branch right-of-way that extends south from Sacramento along the eastern bank of the Sacramento River. A few miles of track were rebuilt along the levee near Freeport, California as part of a US Army Corps of Engineers project. The CSRRM hopes to one day have a longer excursion line, perhaps as far as Hood, California.[citation needed] At that location the railroad passengers could disembark the train and take a tourist steamboat back up the Sacramento River to Old Sacramento.

In 1992, Railtown 1897 in Jamestown began operating under the museum.


The museum has its origins in 1937, when a group of railroad enthusiasts in the San Francisco Bay Area formed the Pacific Coast Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society. This organization worked for years to promote the idea of a railroad museum, donating 30 historic locomotives and cars to the California Department of Parks and Recreation to be the nucleus of a State-operated museum in Sacramento. The Museum's first facility, the Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station, opened in 1976. The Railroad History Museum was completed in 1981. Steam-powered passenger train service on the Sacramento Southern Railroad began in 1984, with the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot opening three years later. Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown was added to the Museum complex during 1992. The museum became a Smithsonian affiliate in June 2017.[2]

Notable locomotives[edit]

Steam locomotives[edit]

  • Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe 2925 - Stored, a 4-8-4 type built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1944.
  • Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe 1010 - The locomotive was used in the record breaking 44 hour and 54 minute Walter E. Scott's Scott Special between Los Angeles and Chicago in 1905. It was used on the segment of the trip between Needles, California, and Seligman, Arizona.
  • Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe 5021 - Stored, a 2-10-4 type built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1944.
  • Central Pacific No. 1 Gov. Stanford - Cosmetically restored, a 4-4-0 type built by Norris Locomotive Works in 1862.[3][4][5]
  • Granite Rock No. 10 (Operating as the excursion train ride for the California State Railroad Museum at Old Sacramento, California) a USATC S100 Class0-6-0T built by Porter in *1942.
  • Northwestern Pacific 112 - Stored, a 4-6-0 type built by ALCO in 1908. Sole surviving NWP locomotive.
  • North Pacific Coast 12 Sonoma - Cosmetically restored, a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge4-4-0 type built by Baldwin in 1875. Sole surviving NPC locomotive, and one of only three surviving Baldwin 8/18C class 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge 4-4-0s.
  • Central Pacific No. 3 / Southern Pacific No. 1 C. P. Huntington - Cosmetically restored, a 4-2-4RT type built by Cooke Locomotive Works in 1863.
  • Central Pacific No. 233 - Stored, awaiting restoration. A 2-6-2 tank engine built by Central Pacific's Sacramento Shops in 1882. Donated 2001 by the Pacific Locomotive Association.
  • Southern Pacific 2467 - Display. Restored to operation by members of the Pacific Locomotive Association in 1999, a 4-6-2 type built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1921. On 10-year loan from PLA pending FRA-mandated boiler work.
  • Southern Pacific 4294 - Cosmetically restored, a 4-8-8-2 type built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1944. Sole surviving "Cab-Forward" locomotive.[6]
  • Union Pacific 4466 - Displayed, an 0-6-0 type built by Lima Locomotive Works in 1920 which operated at the museum until 2001.
  • Virginia & Truckee 12 Genoa - Baldwin-built 4-4-0 type constructed in 1873. Currently on static display, but in operable condition.
  • Virginia & Truckee 13 Empire - Baldwin-built 2-6-0 type constructed in 1873, cosmetically restored to its original appearance. Mirrors placed around the engine provide museum visitors with an amazing panoramic view of all sides of the locomotive at once.
  • Virginia & Truckee 21 J.W. Bowker - Baldwin-built 2-4-0 switcher constructed in 1875; sole surviving example of this type. Stored outdoors in the Central Pacific Passenger Depot.
  • Nevada Short Line No. 1 - Baldwin-built 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge 2-6-0 (Mogul Type) constructed in 1879; on static display with a few cars and rests above all other trains on an elevated track; last time it was run was in 1939-40 for the Golden Gate International Exposition on daily reactments of the 1869 Golden Spike ceremony.

Diesel locomotives[edit]

Southern Pacific #6051 EMD E9 painted in Daylight color scheme
  • Amtrak 281 - Operational, an EMD F40PH built in April 1978. Only 1 of 3 Amtrak F40PH(R) locomotives preserved, not counting No. 406, which was converted into an NPCU in 2011 and nowused on Amtrak’s exhibit train. Currently Operational
  • Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe 347C - Operational, an EMD F7 built in 1949. Sole surviving AT&SF F7 locomotive that was not converted into a CF7.
  • Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe 9820 - Stored, an ALCO RSD-15 "Alligator" built in 1959.
  • Sacramento Northern 402 - Operational, an EMD SW1 built in 1939.
  • Southern Pacific 1000 - Stored/Awaiting restoration, an EMD SW1 built in 1939, the first diesel fully owned by SP.
  • Southern Pacific 5208 - Operational, a BLW DRS66-1500 built in 1949.
  • Southern Pacific 6051 - Operational, an EMD E9 built in 1954. Sole surviving SP E9.
  • Southern Pacific 6402 - Stored, an EMD F7 built in 1952.
  • Southern Pacific 6819 - Operational, an EMD SD45T-2 built in 1972.
  • Western Pacific 913 - Operational, an EMD F7 built in 1950.

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California State Railroad Museum Point of Interest

The California State Railroad Museum (CSRM) in Old Sacramento is the world-class tribute to the role of the "iron horse" in connecting California to the rest of the nation. Our museum features 21 lavishly restored locomotives and cars, some dating back to 1862. There is a full-scale diorama of an 1860s construction site high in the Sierra Nevada as well as a bridge elevated 24 feet above the museum floor.

Excursion TrainCalifornia State Railroad Museum Excursion Trains run from April through September (select dates October through December), where you can take a ride behind an authentic locomotive in Old Sacramento. When you climb aboard the Museum’s Sacramento Southern Railroad you enjoy a relaxing 45-minute, 6-mile roundtrip ride along the levees of the Sacramento River. Experience the sights, smells, and sounds of a real, working locomotive as it pulls vintage passenger coaches and converted freight cars.

Excursion Trains depart Saturdays and Sundays, on-the-hour 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., from our reconstructed Central Pacific Freight Depot.  2015 is the 32th year the State Railroad Museum has operated our excursion trains.  Excursion train tickets are $12 adults, $6 youths (ages 6-17), ages 5 and under ride free. For more information call  (916) 323-9280.

Location and Parking:

California State Railroad Museum
The California State Railroad Museum is located in Old Sacramento at 125 "I" Street.  On-street, metered parking in Old Sacramento is for short durations only (90 minutes maximum) and the limited amount of spaces generally fill up early. Thus, we recommend instead that guests utilize the public parking garage located at the north ("I" Street) entrance to Old Sacramento.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing

Summer and spring are warm; fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised.

CP Huntington

C. P. Huntington, Southern Pacific Railroad Steam Locomotive No. 1,
at the California State Railroad Museum

Information Links:

View CSRM Railroad Equipment Roster(pdf 64.2 kb)

Sierra 3 Locomotive Restoration


We welcome photography for personal use.
Handheld flash is allowed; however tripods and free standing flash are not permitted for safety reasons.
Commercial photography is allowed on a case by case basis by advance arrangement. Visit for more information.
Trains & Tripods: A Morning for Photographers at the Museum is a special event offered at the California State Railroad Museum in coordination with its non-profit partner, the California State Railroad Museum Foundation. Tripods and handheld flash are allowed during this event.


The California State Railroad Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, offers a sight of rail history with over 2.5 acres of exhibits on the property. With a roundhouse museum space filled with trains, a picnic area on our 1849 scene, museum store, library, turntable, passenger station, and the areas only historic and authentic excursion train ride that is volunteer ran!

Library materials are available for review in the reading room, open Tuesdays – Saturdays, from 1 pm – 5 pm. 

The Museum and Museum Store is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. (Except major holidays) 

The Excursion Train rides are 45 minutes long and operate weekends only April – September. Departures are from the Passenger Station (930 Front Street, Sacramento, CA 95814) every hour on the hour. Check departure availability and times on our website. 

Our special event Spookomotive and Polar Express trains operate select weekends with limited ticket availability. 

Museum exhibits are fully accessible, with the exception of historic railroad equipment.  However alternate visitors’ experiences are provided.

Help keep the trains rolling by joining the California State Railroad Museum! Several membership levels are available for individuals, families, and children with benefits including but not limited to Free museum admission and coach excursion train ride tickets!

For questions learn more here.

Monday – Friday  10:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday – Sunday  10:00am – 5:00pm

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Our Lives Are Made of
Railroad Stories

The California State Railroad Museum — your Museum — is the keeper of stories. Together, we collect them, we preserve them, and we tell them.

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Help us protect our future by supporting the history of Sacramento’s treasure, the biggest draw for visitors in our region, The California State Railroad Museum. All of the businesses in the community are raised if we are successful. People come from all over the world to visit our museum and ride our trains along the Sacramento River.

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