Sacramento River Train Celebrates Grand Re-Opening with Free Train Rides on Sunday April 10th, 2016. The Sacramento River Train is celebrating a Grand Re-opening after a $1.5 million remodel of its cars and restoration of its tracks in 2015. The Grand Re-Opening will be a free event featuring: free 30 minute train rides on the River Trains newly renovated train cars, live music by The Hucklebucks, and free family entertainment (including a bounce house, caricature artist and balloon twister). Food will be available for purchase from The Culinerdy Cruzer food truck. Train rides will be running at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30pm. To reserve a spot at a specific boarding time, call the River Trains ticketing office at (800) 866-1690 or reserve your spot online.
The Sacramento River Train underwent a full remodel in preparation for expansion plans in 2016. Beginning in April the Sacramento River Train will be kicking off a new train schedule featuring consistently scheduled trains and a brand new adventure: The River Train Excursions. The newly added River Train Excursions will run twice weekly, allowing us to share the joy of railway travel with Sacramento locals and visitors alike. The new train schedule will also feature a Beer Train and Old Vine Express train each month.
America’s rich rail history has served as the road map for Sierra Railroads renovations to both the Sacramento River Train and the Oakdale-based Sierra Dinner Train. “We’ve enhanced the interior of the train cars, harkening back to the proud legacy of passenger rail travel – we’ve selected timeless fabrics, tin-inspired ceilings, and wood-inspired finishes,” says Rashael Parker, Chief Marketing Office. The Train’s entire exterior stock has been painted traditionally and the windows have been tinted for added comfort of passengers.
A local design firm in Davis aided the Sierra Railroad with the renovation to both of its valley operations. “We are excited to expand our repertoire to include passenger trains,” says Jennifer May, partner/principal of Lorain & May Design Associates. “We are drawn to the visceral sensory experience of train rides and the nostalgic throwback to when travel was both a luxurious and leisurely experience.”
The Sacramento River Train provides a unique venue for entertainment and family excursions. Passenger trains have long been a source of timeless fun and social connection; Sacramento River Train aims to preserve this important part of American history and has crafted year-round experiences sure to animate the kid in everyone.
Some upcoming themed train rides include: Easter Egg Express (great for kids complete with the Easter bunny and an egg search), Sunset Dinner Train, Great Train Robbery, and the ever popular Zombie Train (hitting the tracks this fall).