Rail­town Rolling Out ‘Movie Star Lo­co­mo­tive’

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JAMESTOWN — Rail­town 1897 State His­toric Park plans to treat dads and grand­dads ex­tra spe­cial this Father’s Day — Sun­day, June 17 — by pulling out the fa­mous “Movie Star Lo­co­mo­tive” Sierra No. 3® for ex­cur­sion train rides (reg­u­lar ticket prices ap­ply).

In­ter­ested guests can en­joy a re­lax­ing six-mile, 45-minute round trip ride along the rails of the fa­mous “Movie Rail­road.”

In ad­di­tion to the mem­o­rable ex­cur­sion train rides, there are lots of fun, in­ter­ac­tive and in­ter­pre­tive-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties hap­pen­ing at the Park, in­clud­ing:

The De­pot Store, his­toric Round­house & Shops, In­ter­pre­tive Cen­ter and grounds are open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with guided tours avail­able;

Hands on His­tory boxes on the deck where vol­un­teers conduct “show and tell” ac­tiv­i­ties and al­low visi­tors to touch and learn about riv­et­ing, rail­road sig­nal­ing, track lay­ing and more;

Wooden ca­boose vis­its where guests can climb aboard a clas­sic to get a sense of what it was like to be a brake­man on the rail­road;

Be­hind-the-scenes lo­co­mo­tive cab rides are avail­able (for an ad­di­tional fee) to get an up-close look at a his­toric lo­co­mo­tive in-ac­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence rail­road­ing in a new way;

Fam­i­lies are en­cour­aged to bring a pic­nic lunch to en­joy on-site on the sprawl­ing Round­house lawn.

With reg­u­lar ex­cur­sion train ride de­par­tures at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Father’s Day Sun­day, ca­pac­ity is lim­ited and visi­tors are en­cour­aged to ar­rive early. Train ride tick­ets are $15 for adults, $10 for youths ages 6-17 and kids five and un­der are free. Park ad­mis­sion costs are $5 for adults, $3 for youths ages 6-17 and free for chil­dren five and un­der. Plus, lim­ited be­hind-the-scenes cab rides are avail­able for noon and 1:30 p.m. de­par­tures, cost $50 for steam, and ad­vance reser­va­tions are rec­om­mended. All train ride tick­ets in­clude Park ad­mis­sion and are avail­able for ad­vance pur­chase at www. rail­town1897.org as well as at the ticket win­dow be­gin­ning at 10 a.m. on the day of the ride (based on avail­abil­ity).

The “Movie Star Lo­co­mo­tive”

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