Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Riding the Rails -- Trains and More in Sacramento

It's only appropriate that when taking a rail vacation that one of the stops would be at railroad museum -- and one of the world's best is located in Sacramento, Calif.

California State Railroad Museum
The California State Railroad Museum contains all things about railroads, with restored locomotives, various cars, miniature trains, exhibits, art, informative films, gift shop and more housed in its 225,000-square-foot building. 

The docents are knowledgeable and you can sense they have a deep affection and understanding about rail history and the important contribution trains made in the westward movement of the United States. 

I bet a lot of boomers, and older folks, developed a love of trains while growing up. I had train sets at various stages of my childhood, and I know folks who carried that love into adulthood and have elaborate rail systems that fill a basement. 

Sacramento was noted for steamboat travel 
The museum is part of Old Sacramento, which celebrates the city's rich heritage in railroads and river transportation during the mid-19th century as well as the California Gold Rush that drew prospectors seeking fortunes and perhaps some fame.

State capitol building
Sacramento is the capital of California, with nearly 500,000 population. It's a place I'd like to visit again to experience more of what this historic town has to offer and to return to the places I've seen.

Until the next time...


  1. Interesting Museum about Rail. I am enjoying your travelogue. Once i found an old man in a village in Pakistan who make a very poor and small museum in home, where he shared pottery and one Rail made of clay. When i saw the rail in your post it make me remember my that post :) This man was so talented but govt and local people don't give him any special attention.

  2. Thank you for your comment, Kiran. I visited your post and found it very interesting as well.