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Address: 700 Western Pacific Way, Portola, CA 96122-8636
Phone Number: +1 530-832-4131

Historical railroad museum featuring a unique Run-a-Locomotive program,...

Historical railroad museum featuring a unique Run-a-Locomotive program, which allows anyone to rent and operate a train on the museum premises.

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More than we expected!

The museum and grounds took quite a bit of time to see and almost no areas are restricted so we got up close and personal to all manner of rail cars and engines. Some passenger... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 October 2016
Rohnert Park, California
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Rohnert Park, California
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47 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

The museum and grounds took quite a bit of time to see and almost no areas are restricted so we got up close and personal to all manner of rail cars and engines. Some passenger cars are open to view inside and their gift shop is full of interesting items.

Thank Thelmadee
San Jose, California
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133 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Great place for family time. All the trains you can play on! So much history to enjoy. Really was time well spent!

Thank ceskydup
San Francis co
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Most of the people running the museum are polite and genuinely interested in helping people have a good time. However one employee (dark hair, in his 20s) screamed at me and stoped the train when I was standing in a passenger car watching the world go by. His problem seemed to be that I wasn't seated. Since when can't you... More 

Thank avacadovich
Reno, Nevada
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44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Love this museum....you get to climb all over the trains and get a feeling for what it takes to be on the railroads...good place to bring the kids...and if you plan to come in the summer on weekends you can ride a train..plan in advance and you can make a reservation to drive a train...very fun

Thank Karen C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

This place is assome, you can climb up on everything in the yard, if there's something you want to see and it's locked up don't be afraid to ask to see inside a engine that's locked up, everyone was a pleasure to speek with, driving a locomotive was a dream come true, but please make shere you book ahead as... More 

Thank April B
Reno, Nevada
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44 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

We stopped in and got to talk to some workers who really are passionate about this museum and trains. We got to go inside of the California zephyr silver plate car and see how elite passenger used to travel. we got to go in the snow blower car and see its huge two stroke engine. we got to learn how... More 

Thank Robin B
Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

Visitors get up close and personal with the engines and rolling stock. Cars and engines from the mid 1870s to the 1980s. Running stock and a program fro people who want to be an engineer and actually run yard and line locomotives. Local volunteers are a wealth of information.

Thank mmaskaly
Sacramento, California
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150 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

These guys are amazing. We called ahead and asked to get an appointment to run one of their locomotives. But we found that they don't actually open till May. I was March. But the lady I spoke to said they would be around and we could come up anyway, closed or not! So we went to Portola and met the... More 

Thank danielKeiran
Portola, California
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57 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015 via mobile

Something for everyone of every age. The older remember the trains from days gone by. The young can't believe these massive engines really did run all over the world. Some days you can even climb on board and pull the horn.

Thank Deborah M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015 via mobile

Great history in this town for the Railroad. Quite a few old trains. Especially the troop train, with the bunks in it. You have to check out the history there.

Thank KeliandJohn

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