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Check Out the California State Railroad Museum

Are you looking for something different to do?

Then head to the California State Railroad Museum.

Nestled 13 minutes from our apartments near Sac State, it honors the role that "Iron Horse" played  in connecting California to the rest of the United States.

The museum is regarded as North America's railroad museum. It features dozens of exhibits and restored cars and locomotives, some dating back to 1862.

Highlights include:

GOLD SPIKE EXHIBIT GALLERY

On May 10, 1869, the Gold Spike event celebrated the completion of the country's first transatlantic railroad. The display features an original painting of the event along with the gold spike. The spike was hidden from public view until 2005, and visitors learn whether or not it was really made of gold.

SMALL WONDERS: THE MAGIC OF TOY TRAINS

Step into Small Wonders to discover thousands of vintage toy trains. They were owned by esteemed collector, Thomas W. Setton. He collected the trains over his lifetime, and his family donated them to the museum in 2001. There are six interactive displays, and visitors discover how toy trains evolved from push and pull toys to electric ones.

GENERAL PACIFIC RAILROAD NO. 1 GOV. STANFORD

Built in Philadelphia in 1862, the Gov. Stanford arrived in Sacramento in 1863 aboard a river schooner. This forty-ton wood-burning steam locomotive is known for pulling the Central Pacific's first excursion train. Between 1873 and 1895, the Gov. Stanford served as a switcher and fire engine in the Sacramento area.

EXCURSION TRAIN RIDES

For over 30 years, the museum has operated excursion trains. The rides take place in open-air gondolas or closed coach cars, and over one million people have gone for a ride 1984. Volunteer crews operate the trains, and passengers enjoy the smells and sounds of the authentic locomotives.

The California State Railroad Museum is just one of the premier attractions that residents of our apartments near Sacramento State can enjoy. If you're searching for a place to call home, please contact us. We'd love to show you our community firsthand.

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