SACRAMENTO — California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are gearing up to celebrate Diesels and Dads on Father’s Day weekend, June 15-16, by operating two visually exciting and gracefully styled diesel locomotives as part of the popular weekend excursion train rides on the museum’s Sacramento Southern Railroad.
These brightly painted diesels — Western Pacific No. 913 and Southern Pacific “Daylight” No. 6051 — will pull the excursion trains both Saturday and Sunday on Father’s Day weekend. These eye-catching and classic streamlined locomotives are representative of the so-called “First Generation” of diesel-electric locomotives which replaced steam engines all across American during the 1940s and 1950s.
Especially with these special diesel locomotives in operation, fathers and grandfathers will enjoy taking a relaxing train ride aboard a historic locomotive along the Sacramento River. Weekend excursion train rides depart 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 younger ($15 for first class tickets aboard the first class El Dorado). Advance tickets to ride the first-class El Dorado are available to reserve online.
After Father’s Day weekend, the two special diesel locomotives may make other special appearances later this summer, more details to follow. To book the first-class El Dorado, visit californiastaterailroadmuseum.org or call (916) 445-6645 for more information about train rides and/or the museum.