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Railroad Museum Celebrates “Diesels & Dads” On Father’s Day Weekend - June 20 & 21

Railroad Museum Celebrates “Diesels & Dads” On Father’s Day Weekend - June 20 & 21

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are gearing up to celebrate “Diesels and Dads” on Father’s Day weekend – June 20 & 21, 2015 -- by operating two visually-exciting and gracefully-styled diesel locomotives as part of the popular weekend excursion train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad.  Departing hourly from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the 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.   The eye-catching and classic streamlined locomotives are representative of the so-called “First Generation” of diesel-electric locomotives which replaced steam engines all across America during the 1940s and 1950s. 

1st Annual Sacramento Music Festival Classic Car Show May 23-24, 2015

1st Annual Sacramento Music Festival Classic Car Show May 23-24, 2015

Held in conjunction with the 42nd Annual Sacramento Music Festival, we introduce the 1st Annual Sacramento Music Festival Classic Car Show! As always, it’s one GIANT PARTY in Old Sac pulsing with the rhythms of jazz, swing, blues, zydeco, rockabilly, bluegrass, Latin music and more. There will be dancing in the streets! Music will be running morning, noon, and midnight. There’s plenty to do all weekend long. Bring the KIDS! FREE admission for those 12 and younger.

All Aboard…Steam Train Rides Return to the Sacramento Southern Railroad on 4/11!

All Aboard…Steam Train Rides Return to the  Sacramento Southern Railroad on 4/11!

Soon after the opening weekend of the 32nd consecutive season of excursion train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad on Easter weekend (April 4 & 5, 2015), California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are pleased to announce vintage steam locomotive Granite Rock No. 10 will return to service on April 11, 2015.  First introduced in May 1997 by the California State Railroad Museum, Granite Rock No. 10 was taken out of service in 2011 for extensive boiler repairs during which time diesel locomotives pulled the excursion trains. Granite Rock No. 10 is an oil-fired steam engine built by the H.K. Porter Co. for the U.S. Army in 1942.

Gas prices rise after steep decline

Gas prices rise after steep decline

STOCKTON — Those sinking gas prices that drivers across the nation enjoyed during the winter months are quickly becoming a thing of the past.

The cheapest prices in the Stockton and San Joaquin County was $2.45 per gallon as of March 2 while most stations across the area were near or above $3, according to gas price web site gasbuddy.com.

Modesto’s cheapest station checked in with a $2.81 per gallon. Like San Joaquin, most stations in Stanislaus County were showing prices near $3, according to gasbuddy.com. One month ago, many area stations were under $2 per gallon... Read More

Special “Diesel Days” Activities on Father’s Day Weekend!

Special “Diesel Days” Activities on Father’s Day Weekend!

On Father’s Day weekend, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are offering very special “Diesel Days” activities with train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad featuring visually-exciting and gracefully-styled diesel locomotives.

Plus, on Father’s Day Sunday, the rarely seen Southern Pacific road switcher No. 5208 will be on special display for one day only.  Built in 1948 by Baldwin Locomotive Works and retired in 1969, SP5208 is an early diesel locomotive that represents the major effort of its day to adapt to diesel locomotive construction. Excursion train ride guests will be treated to a six-mile, 45-minute roundtrip excursion along the levees of the Sacramento River. The train features a combination of vintage closed coaches with comfortable seats and open-air “gondolas” with bench style seating.

Historic Pony Express Annual Re-Ride Begins Journey in Old Sac on 6/11!

Historic Pony Express Annual Re-Ride Begins Journey in Old Sac on 6/11!

Come one, come all!  

With more than 600 riders and horses participating in the 1,966 mile route, the National Pony Express Association will conduct a 10-day, 24-hour, non-stop “Annual Re-Ride of the Pony Express Trail” from Old Sacramento to Missouri on Wednesday, June 11 - 21, 2014. 

The event commemorates the 1860-1861 Central Overland and California Pikes Peak Express Company which carried letters and telegrams for 19 months to prove the Central Route through Salt Lake passable year round. The Pony Express National Historic Trail runs from California through Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas to Missouri and is the longest event held annually on a historical trail in the nation. Riders will carry commemorative letters “Pony Express-style” in a packed and locked Mochila.

New Fix 50 connector ramp closures begin tonight

New Fix 50 connector ramp closures begin tonight

Beginning Thursday night, there will be more connector ramp closures in connection to the Fix 50 highway project in Sacramento.

The southbound Capital City Freeway (Business 80) connector ramp to westbound Highway 50 will be closed to traffic as well as the westbound 50 off-ramp to 16th street.

Click HERE for details.