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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.

Dining News: Second Communal Bike Comes to Sacramento

Dining News: Second Communal Bike Comes to Sacramento

Cowtown Eats was the first to bring you news of Sac Brew Bike, a communal, 15 passenger bike that provides transportation between local bars and breweries. But now they have some competition - Off The Chain Bike Tours, reports Sonya..... Read More

Fix50 Update

Fix50 Update

The Fix50 project is ahead of schedule, and motorists will get a nice break for Memorial Day Weekend when all lanes will be open. All lanes of Highway 50 will be open to motorists for a full ten days. Work will resume after Memorial Day Weekend so there will be no interruption for travelers over the holiday when the Sacramento Music Festival and County Fair are in town... Read More