Numerous different themed train rides, many historical locomotives and train cars, and exhibits on the history of trains and the gold rush are some of the activities and exhibits available at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, California. The museum is part of the California State Park system and is maintained and operated by the California Department of Parks and Recreation which updates exhibits keeping the museum considered a world-class tribute to the iron horse.
The museum is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. From April through September, the museum's Sacramento Southern Railroad departs hourly during the day for a 6-mile, 45-minute round trip along the Sacramento River. Specialty trains operate on selected dates October through December, including the Spookomotive and the Polar Express Christmas train. Farm-to-Fork Cocktail train rides to serve local appetizers and beverages are also available.
Over 100 locomotives and rolling stock are fully restored and on exhibit, including steam, compressed air, internal combustion and electric locomotives. Many of the museums exhibits are on permanent display but some change annually. Some of the special exhibits for 2015 were "A Shift in Power: Railroad History Meets Changing Technology," "A City Divided: Sacramento and the Pullman Strike of 1894," "California Railroad Landscapes" and "Two Glorious Expositions, One Golden State," which showcases the 1915 completion of the Panama Canal and the expositions that were held in San Diego and San Francisco in conjunction with it.