"Sierra Railroad Shops and Roundhouse" Railtown State Historic Park by Rusket


Our second visit to California was a part of our trip around the world 2001 / 2002. We had only 5 days, and a lot of relatives we wanted to see. Lucky for us, my cousin Glenn had arranged a family gathering in Railtown / Jamestown. All the 9 family members from California and Nevada were able to come :-) It was not their first visit, my uncle and aunt had brought their children there several times during their childhood, and they had passed the tradition along to their own children.

Gold Country

Jamestown is known for more than the railroad; it is in the middle of Gold Country. Jamestown / Railtown is frequently used by the film industry: "more than 200 films, television productions, and commercials. Still a popular Hollywood location site, Railtown 1897 has been called "the most photographed railroad in the world." "Petticoat Junction," "The Wild, Wild West," "High Noon," "The Virginian," and "Unforgiven" were all filmed here. Recently, movie crews produced the railroad sequences in "Back to the Future Part III" at Railtown." (from http://www.csrmf.org/railtown/doc.asp?id=285)


There was a special arrangement in the park / museum the day we were there, september 29th 2001. Find out more bout such events and about the place itself on the Railtown website: http://www.csrmf.org/railtown/default.asp

Among other things, we took a trip with the Sierra Railway, the train was hauled by the steam engine on this picture. We did offcourse take the roundhouse tour, too :-)

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  • In a nutshell:Wild West, gold and trains
  • Last visit to Railtown State Historic Park: Sep 2001
  • Intro Updated Jul 25, 2005
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  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2007 at 3:41 AM

    Wow...great tips! Interesting hotel. Wonder what character I'd choose...Thanks for the informative page!

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2006 at 2:06 AM

    As they say, America was built by railways. Too bad, train service is now more expensive than bus in USA. Cheers, SL

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2006 at 8:12 AM

    very nice page from small town america.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2005 at 11:03 PM

    Hihi, enjoyed the page :-)) The steam trains of course, and seeing Elge celebrating birthday, too. The hotel looks cute as well :-)))

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Aug 11, 2005 at 3:54 PM

    You need to go up to Livingstone Montana for a real railroad town!

  • Aug 7, 2005 at 9:50 AM

    Hi Marit, some interesting and informative tips here, can't help you on your question, its the sort of thing you often see in American Wild West films. regards Martin



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