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The California State Railroad Museum is gearing up to celebrate “Diesels and Dads” on Sunday, June 17 (Father’s Day), by showcasing seven rarely seen diesel locomotives that will be on special display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The locomotives on display will include two stationed inside the Museum itself: Foley Bros. No 110-1, a pioneering 1929 diesel locomotive, and Southern Pacific No. 6819, a 1970s ”Tunnel Motor” hood unit. On the turntable outside the Museum, the unpainted Southern Pacific No. 6402, a F7A Cab unit, will be displayed with open sides exposing the interior mechanical components. Southern Pacific No. 5208, a 1949 Baldwin road switcher, and Sacramento Northern No. 402, a 1939 switcher originally owned by the Western Pacific Railroad will also be available outside the Museum on Father’s Day.
In addition to viewing the special diesels on display, dads will also enjoy taking a relaxing train ride aboard a historic locomotive along the Sacramento River! Weekend excursion train rides are up and operating as usual, departing hourly from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission weekend excursion train ride tickets are available in-person on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10:30 a.m. the day of the train ride at the Sacramento Southern Railroad ticket office, located on Front Street between “J” and “K” Streets in Old Sacramento. Train ride tickets cost $10 adults; $5 youths ages 6-17; free for children ages 5 and under ($15 for first class tickets aboard the first class El Dorado). Advance tickets to ride the first-class El Dorado are available online at www.californiastaterailroadmuseum.org
For more information about the California State Railroad Museum or any of these special activities, please visit www.californiastaterailroadmuseum.org or call (916) 445-6645.