2014 – California State Railroad Museum – Sacramento

I was away several days during this stop on our 2014 adventure, but we did get to visit the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento.  We concluded that it is well worth the $10 price of admission.

IMG_2801.JPG This museum takes the visitor through railroad history. There are dioramas of the Transcontinental Railroad that describe the dangers and hardship the workers endured to get the railroad done.

IMG_2820.JPG There are engines from different eras, including several vintage steam engines.  There’s also a mail car, sleeper, dining car, freight cars, and an early refrigerator car.  I especially liked the diorama of an early day telegraph office featuring a woman in telegrapher.  Throughout the building is a variety of memorabilia.

IMG_2822.JPG The second floor is dedicated to miniature railroading.  There are model trains that are well over 100 years old and a really nice model railroad with hundreds of interesting details and model trains running through tunnels and over bridges.

Just outside the door is Old Town with beautiful restored buildings now used for restaurants, shops and businesses.

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