California Railroad Museum

While I patiently wait to get back onboard a cruise ship, we ventured out with the grands down to the California Railroad Museum in downtown Sacramento. This museum opened in 1976. Admission runs $12 for adults, $6 for kids aged 6-17 and kids 5 and under are free. They also offer train ride excursions. The excursion is on weekends only, a 50 minute ride along the river and you can buy coach/open air class tickets for $15/$8/free (per age groups previously listed) or first class seating for $25/$18/free (per age groups listed previously).

And I won’t lie, it was not easy trying to get pictures of the trains and displays while also trying to get shots of my grands lol.

There are multiple levels to the museum. The ground floor houses multiple restored engines and cars. Most of them are closed for safety (you can’t walk through them), but the mail car you can walk through and you can walk into one of the engines. There are also many displays and informational signs about the railroad and its history. One of the staff mentioned to come back often as there are parts of the displays that get changed out every 2-4 months or so, making there new things to see each time!

These pictures are through the windows of a restored train car, gives you an idea of what it was like to travel by train.

If you like model trains, be sure not to miss the third floor of the building where you can look down on the old trains, but they have display after display of all sorts of model trains or train cars. Some of the displays are interactive, and they do have a setup (behind glass) where they have multiple trains running, of various sizes and colors. The grands loved those! Also on the 3rd floor is a Thomas the Tank Engine play area, seen in the blurry image below (ha).

And I must give special mention to these two photos. My Grandson is fascinated with my cameras so much so that I had to buy the kids a play camera. Anyway, he took these two photos (with Grandma’s help of course) – and I’ll mention, he’s 2. Not too bad if I do say so myself 😉 !

And the last image I’ll share is my own photo of the engine my Grandson shot.