A 109 year old rail line, boarding conveniently directly between San Francisco and Yosemite National Park. English: Tour guide and vistors in roundhouse, Sierra Railroad (Railtown - 1897), Jamestown, CA. Much of the equipment and rail were from Bullock's defunct railroad in Arizona that became unprofitable after Santa Fe built a track parallel to it. Poniatowski then convinced banker William H. Crocker to provide the financial backing for the project. The track curving off to the right is the mainline that will wrap around the back of Jamestown as it heads up to Lime Kiln. The portion of the former Sierra Railway conveyed by the railroad's historic owners, the Crocker Family, to the California State Park System are with "Sierra Railway", which preserves the original operating name of the entire line and is headquartered at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown, California. In the 1970s, the Sierra Railroad launched the first dinner train in North America. Sierra Railroad #34 is a 2-8-2 Mikado that worked on the Sierra Railroad along with #3 and #28 V - E - T - D 34 was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in September 1925 for the Sierra Railroad to haul heavy freight trains from Jamestown to Toulomne, California. It offers visitors self-guided tours. Forty miles of track across Mendocino County. By 1900, the line had been completed, the same as it is today, with the exception of the abandonment of the Standard to Tuolumne Right-Of-Way. In 1955, the railroad made the switch from steam to diesel power, but retained the steam locomotives for movie and television work for which the railroad is famous. For seekers of adventure, the Wild West, or even fans the movies filmed on this rail line, our train experiences offer something for everyone to love. The railroad first stretched from Oakdale to Jamestown, and its headquarters were located in Jamestown. California State Railroad Museum Foundation makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Read more. Jamestown ; Things to Do in Jamestown ... Jamestown, CA, USA. The Santa Fe's (now BNSF Railway) Oakdale Branch provided one freight outlet to the AT&SF mainline at Riverbank, California; the Southern PacificOakdale Branch from Stockton was … Railtown 1897 is located in Jamestown, California. Not only does she have a unique history of her own before becoming part of the collection, but she has played an important part in the formation of the association, dating all the way back to its founding in 1961. The Sierra Railroad Company was launched in the late 1800s to connect the Gold Country with the world. Sold to California Western as #41, scrapped in 1950, Sold to Davis-Johnson Lumber Co., scrapped in 1939, Sold to Howard Terminal Railway as #6 (rebuilt as 2-6-2T), now owned by the Pacific Locomotive Association, undergoing restoration as 2-6-2 configuration as built, Sold to Tidewater Southern, April 1940, renumbered 132; scrapped in 1955. Twenty-eight miles of rail, from West Sacramento to Woodland, through working farms and a wildlife preserve. Railtown 1897 In May, the first rails were laid in the grain fields just east of Oakdale, and the stops grew to include Occidental (Now called Arnold), Paulsell, Warnerville, Cooperstown, Chinese, and finally on November 8, 1897; Jamestown, California. In 1995, Silverfoot resold the operation to the Sierra Pacific Coast Railway, and in 2003 merged with the Yolo Shortline Railway, as it exists today. The Sierra Railway is one of the most intact steam railroads in the United States. 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