California State Railroad Museum Area

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California State Railroad Museum Area

Postby BAR » Wed Feb 10, 2016 10:06 am

My friend and I will be visiting the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento in April and we would like recommendations for rail fanning in the area. Will be renting a car and will be in the area for about a week. We also plan to visit the WP Museum. Is the Keddie Y area accessable? Any recommendations and advice will be most welcome. Thanks very much.

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Re: California State Railroad Museum Area

Postby Demifate » Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:21 pm

Old Sacramento (which is where the CA State RR Museum is located) runs train rides on weekends and Tuesdays, if you're in town for that time.

WP is up in Portola - quite a drive from Sacramento. Keddie Wye is about 45 mins to an hour from that.

There's also Railtown in Jamestown, CA that's pretty darn awesome. Nevada County Narrow Gauge too.

I can send you to the best train shops in the Sacramento area too, if you're going up I-80 or or 50 through town. If you're headed North up I-5 towards Oregon, there's the Skunk train. If you're going through Southern Cal, there's more RR museum options too.

http://www.railtown1897.org/ - Railtown
http://www.ncngrrmuseum.org/home.html - Nevada County Narrow Gauge

Hope that's useful! I love living within 20 minutes of the CA State RR Museum, and pay for the guided tour if you've never done it - so worth it!
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Re: California State Railroad Museum Area

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Sun Apr 17, 2016 8:47 am

Anyone seen this video before?

https://youtu.be/-hzQtnz2GuE

I'm not known for my use of superlatives in.this life......but, this is amazing!
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Re: California State Railroad Museum Area

Postby NorthWest » Sun Apr 17, 2016 11:10 am

When I was there last year they had installed flange-bearing diamonds to lift the CSRM connector across the UP main line without that operation. Very interesting, though.
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Re: California State Railroad Museum Area

Postby BAR » Sun May 08, 2016 9:42 am

I have posted a brief trip report on the Western Railfan forum under "Sacramento Raifanning."
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