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Spookomotive Trains Treat Old Sac Visitors to Ghoulish Fun


With frightfully decorated railcars, fun entertainment, and specially themed days, “Spookomotive” train rides are back by popular demand for three weekends this October. beginning this Saturday, Oct. 15.

Hosted by California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum, Spookomotive trains operate hourly from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays beginning the weekend of October 15-16 and continuing on October 22-23 and October 29-30, 2016. Each operating weekend, the ghoulishly dressed Spookomotive—crawling with spiders, cobwebs and cornstalks and staffed by a “skeleton crew”–will include exciting on board entertainment and a tasty Halloween treat.

Train ride guests are encouraged to get in the spirit and dress up according to the fun weekly themes that include: Superheroes & Villains (October 15-16), Pirates & Princesses (October 22-23) and Witches & Wizards (October 29-30).

The whimsically decorated and diesel-powered Spookomotive departs from the Central Pacific Freight Depot on Front Street and K Streets. Passengers will enjoy a fun-filled, 45-minute, six-mile roundtrip train ride along the Sacramento River.

Those wising to upgrade their ticket to First Class Mad Scientists Laboratory will experience themed entertainment along with the excitement of the Mad Scientist and his crew of minions. The laboratory is decorated with a display of crazy experiments fit for the mad Doctor himself. First Class guests will also receive refreshments on board including a special Halloween cookie. First Class tickets cost $25 for adults, $15 youths (ages 2-17) and children under 2 ride free (limited VIP seating is available and online booking is recommended).

General admission tickets for the Spookomotive train tickets cost $15 for adults, $8 for youths ages 2-17, children under age 2 ride free. Tickets are available online at californiarailroad.museum in advance, or at the Sacramento Southern Railroad ticket office (on Front Street between J and K Streets) the day of the train ride, based on availability.

In addition to train rides, Old Sacramento will be crawling with other activities during October including Ghost Tours and trick-or-treating on Saturday, October 29 from noon to 4 p.m. For more information about Old Sacramento activities, visit oldsacramento.com.

Spookomotive Trains Treat Old Sac Visitors to Ghoulish Fun via @sacramentopress

About the author

Traci Rockefeller Cusack

Traci Rockefeller Cusack

Traci Rockefeller Cusack has 25+ years of media and public relations experience.  Her work experience includes News10 (ABC) as Promotion Manager from 1989-1998 (where she developed and launched “Coats for Kids’ Sake,” a winter coat drive that lasted 20+ years plus coordinated Oprah Winfrey’s first ever visit to Sacramento) and Fleishman-Hillard as Vice President from 1998-2005 (where she led the wildly successful statewide “California Grown” program and also produced the five-minute video that played on the Jumbotron on Opening Day at Pac Bell Park). In 2007, she launched T-Rock Communications and currently handles a wide range of marketing activities for a number of top-notch organizations.

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