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California State Railroad Museum – Virtual Tour

California State Railroad Museum - Virtual Tour

California State Railroad Museum – Virtual Tour

The California State Railroad Museum features 21 restored locomotives and railroad cars, some dating back to 1862. The Museum shows how the influence of railroads changed American society, influencing travel, commerce, and daily life, as well as the diversity of people who work on railroads.

The exhibits also feature photography and artifacts that add depth and insights into the overall story of railroad history. The Museum became a Smithsonian affiliate in 2017.

The roundhouse area of the Museum features a rotating display of locomotives and equipment. A large 3-rail O-gauge model train layout is also located in the Museum.

The Museum offers a reconstruction of the 1870s-era Central Pacific Railroad passenger station and freight depot, which houses historical and contemporary railroad equipment.

The Sacramento Southern Railroad offers passengers a 40-minute, 6-mile (9.7 km) roundtrip route along the Sacramento River on scheduled dates.

The Museum has its origins in 1937 with the formation of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society. The Museum’s first facility, the Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station, opened in 1976.

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown was added to the Museum complex in 1992. 

California State Railroad Museum - Virtual Tour

Southern Pacific Locomotive 2467 – California State Railroad Museum

Highlights of the California State Railroad Museum

  • “Sierra Scene” Exhibit – shows a mockup of a construction scene high in the Sierra Nevada at Donner Pass in 1867
  • Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe 1010 – Steam locomotive used in the record-breaking 44 hours and 54-minute special between Los Angeles and Chicago in 1905
  • Southern Pacific 2467 – Steam locomotive with a 4-6-2 type built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1921
  • Union Pacific 4466 – Steam locomotive, an 0-6-0 type built by Lima Locomotive Works in 1920
  • Virginia & Truckee 12 Genoa – Baldwin -built 4-4-0 class constructed in 1873
  • Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe 347C – Diesel locomotive an EMD F7 built in 1949
  • Sacramento Northern 402 – Diesel locomotive an EMD SW1 been built in 1939
  • Southern Pacific 5208 – Diesel locomotive, a BLW DRS66-1500 constructed in 1949.

California State Railroad Museum - Virtual Tour

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe 347C, Southern Pacific 6051, and Western Pacific 913 – California State Railroad Museum

California State Railroad Museum

  • Museum:        California State Railroad Museum
  • City:                 Sacramento
  • State:               California
  • Country:          United States
  • Opened:         1976
  • Type:               Railroad Museum, Specialist Museum
  • Location:        125 I St, Sacramento, United States

California State Railroad Museum - Virtual Tour

Railroad china displays – California State Railroad Museum

California State Railroad Museum – Map

California State Railroad Museum – 360 Virtual Tours

California State Railroad Museum – 360 Virtual Tours

California State Railroad Museum – 360 Virtual Tours

California State Railroad Museum – 360 Virtual Tours

California State Railroad Museum

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California State Railroad Museum

California State Railroad Museum

California State Railroad Museum

California State Railroad Museum

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“Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.” 
– Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Photo Credit: Neil916 at English Wikipedia / CC BY-SA (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0); BenFranske / CC BY-SA (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0); railfan 44 / Public domain; Dariusz Jemielniak / CC BY-SA (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)

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