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Railroad Museum Gets in the Jazzy Spirit Plus Offers Free Admission to Music Festival Badge Holders

Railroad Museum Gets in the Jazzy Spirit Plus Offers Free Admission to Music Festival Badge Holders

Coinciding with the 42nd Annual Sacramento Music Festival happening over Memorial Day weekend in Old Sacramento, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum will celebrate the holiday by offering jazz music inside the Railroad Museum and popular train rides behind a vintage steam locomotive.  In addition, festival badge holders will receive complimentary admission to the Railroad Museum given it is an official musical venue for the special event.

Inside the Museum, visitors will be treated to entertaining jazz musicians in the Roundhouse throughout the holiday weekend, May 23-25, 2015.  And, guests who choose to take a lovely six-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion train ride along the levees of the Sacramento River will also be entertained on board by talented banjo performers from the Sacramento Banjo Band.   

Clang Clang Clang Went the Trolley

Clang Clang Clang Went the Trolley

Sacramento’s historic street cars

It’s here! On Tuesday is the East Sacramento Preservation Speaker Series—William Burg, history of the Sacramento trolley system. Come March 31, 6:00 PM Clunie Club House 602 Alhambra Blvd. Bill will discuss our historic trolley car system that ran through Sacramento and the challenges of bringing it back.

We guarantee raffle winners of Bill’s Sacramento history books. Including Sacramento’s Street Cars, and Midtown Sacramento-Creative Soul of the City... Read More

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.

Interstate 5 in South Sacramento Scheduled for Nighttime Demolition Work

Interstate 5 in South Sacramento Scheduled for Nighttime Demolition Work

SACRAMENTO - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is alerting motorists  that nighttime demolition work has been scheduled for Interstate 5 just south of Pocket Road in Sacramento begining September 12. Traffic restrictions and lane closures will begin just south of Florin Road in Sacramento for southbound traffic and south of Laguna Boulevard near the city of Elk Grove for northbound traffic. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will have units posted for enforcement and traffic control.

Motorists can expect traffic delays because the speed limit will be temporarily limited to 50 miles per hour in the work zone with north- and southbound traffic reduced to one lane in each direction.  A contractor is scheduled for demolition work on the Stonecrest Avenue / Beach Lake Road Overcrossing. Heavy construction equipment and machinery will be operating in and out of this area.

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Folsom City Council Approves Specific Plan Amendment for Capital SouthEast Connector

Folsom City Council Approves Specific Plan Amendment for Capital SouthEast Connector

Last week the Folsom City Council unanimously approved a Folsom Plan Area Specific Plan amendment supporting the Capitol SouthEast Connector project. 

The proposed 34-mile road will connect Interstate 5 south of Elk Grove to Highway 50 at the new Silva Valley Parkway interchange just east of El Dorado Hills. Its planned alignment in Folsom is along White Rock Road... Read More

Fix50 Westbound Phase 2: Finish by Thursday, June 19

Fix50 Westbound Phase 2: Finish by Thursday, June 19

The Fix50 rehabilitation project is ahead of schedule. Westbound Phase 2, which began June 6 to resurface the outside lanes of Highway 50 between 24th and 18th Streets in Sacramento, will finish six days early.

“After almost two months of major-traffic interfering work, motorists will be able to enjoy the open highway and newly repaved deck, which can now serve us for many years to come” said Caltrans District 3 Director, Jody Jones. “We are grateful for the support and cooperation by our community partners and the public for their help to reduce traffic congestion and make this Fix50 project such a big success.”... 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.