Railtown 1897 California State Historic Park

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Located in Jamestown, a historic California Gold Rush town in Yosemite’s Gold Country, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is home to the historic Jamestown Shops & Roundhouse of the Sierra Railway.  Known as “The Movie Railroad” and called “the most photographed railroad in the world”, this unique attraction features industrial heritage and railroad history, along with a piece of Hollywood’s film industry.


The first known filming was in 1919, for a silent serial called “The Red Glove.” Railtown 1897 and its on-site historic locomotives and railroad cars have been in over 300 films, TV productions, and commercials including “Petticoat Junction,” “The Wild, Wild West,” “High Noon,” “The Virginian,” “Unforgive.” and most recently “Back to the Future Part III.”


The Railtown 1897 Interpretive Center, the authentic roundhouse and shops, and the Depot Store are open year-round, and the steam train rides are offered on weekends April-October, holidays and special events. In 2010, the park returned the Sierra No. 3 to service, an 1891 Rogers locomotive that has been a part of the railroad since its inception. The locomotive now operates most weekends throughout the year and visitors can ride behind it or one of several vintage diesel locomotives, in one of the park’s historic rail cars.


Railtown 1897 SHP is located at 10501 Reservoir Road, Jamestown, CA 95327. For more information call (209) 984-3953 or visit www.Railtown1897.org.   



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