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“A railroad buff's delight” 5 of 5 stars
Review of California State Railroad Museum

California State Railroad Museum
111 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
916-323-9280
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Ranked #1 of 172 things to do in Sacramento
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Arts and crafts
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Owner description: North America's largest railroad museum draws more than 500,000 train enthusiasts annually.
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“A railroad buff's delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

An abundance of docents all eager to talk enthusiastically about their areas made the visit come alive. I've visited this museum four or five times over the last 30 years, and am always eager to return for more. We spent two hours there, and needed four. We missed most of the extensive collection of toy trains on the upper level, an outstanding exhibit for the kid in all of us.

Visited October 2013
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“Kids will love it and so will you”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This is an incredible museum. It is a gigantic building with actual locomotives (a lot of them) and train cars from the 1800's to present. Excellent restorations of the second locomotive ever used by the Southern Pacific railroad.

Visited July 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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“I love trains!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

It was great to see the evolution of trains and the way the railroads were built. I especially loved the gift shop. Got my own conductor's cap like an 8 year old!

Visited July 2013
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Winters, California
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“Next Best Thing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Aa a child, I was privileged to visit a Southern Pacific rail yard. This is definitely the next best thing! We took our grandchildren who were fascinated, but the adults found the outing just as exciting. It's a wonderful hands-on museum, so we all enjoyed climbing on engines to play engineer and walking through cars such as those for dining and sleeping. Does anyone but me remember the thrill of sleeping in a Pullman berth?

The museum is vast, and one should probably allow at least 90 minutes for a visit. It is possible to take a guided tour or to visit self-guided, with helpful docents stationed throughout.

Our family was not as excited about the toy train collection, but we do have a layout at home that may have dampened the enthusiasm. However, the models pale in comparison to all the full-sized, beautifully restored, cars and engines. There is a nice shop on the premises where once can purchase interesting books and posters, as well as train-related items.

Located in the tourist center of Old Sacramento, this museum is close to numerous reasonably priced family restaurants. You may also want to book an actual train excursion that leaves from a nearby location.

Visited December 2012
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“A must see for all visitors to Sacramento”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

This is a must see for anyone visiting Sacramento, even if you are not "into" trains. It's a great hands on history lesson with tours about the origins of train development and travel in the Western U.S. There is a large collection of restored trains, Pullman cars, postal cars, and a toy train collection upstairs. Great for families and everyone else too!

Visited October 2013
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