Train Rides Return

Photo from California State Railroad Museum website.

One of Old Sacramento’s quaint charmsalthough really, aren’t all of Old Sacramento’s charms quaint? returns on Sunday, Feb. 14. The California State Railroad Museum & Foundation dusts off and fires up its Sacramento Southern Railroad for a 45-minute excursion along the Sacramento River.

Yes, the beloved train rides, seemingly forever idled by COVID-19, are returning on Valentine’s Day. Gotta love it.

Tickets go on sale online at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 3, for all three Feb. 14 excursionsat 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.mThey range in price from $15 for one person to $46 for four. Here is how organizers describe the pandemic-sensitive ticketing procedure:

To aid in social distancing, seating is sold in groups of four seats and is priced by the number of passengers. Please select the appropriate ticket product for your party size. For groups larger than four passengers, please choose groups of tickets to achieve your party size.

For example, a group of seven passengers would be one ticket of four passengers and one ticket of three passengers. Children under 5 are free, but must sit on an adult’s lap or on a seat within the space allocated per group.  Members and the general public may purchase up to eight seats (two groups of four passengers) per day.

All seating is in the open-air gondola cars, so riders are advised to dress appropriately. And if they are at least 2 years old, they must wear facial coverings at all times. Tickets may be collected 15 to 30 minutes before the excursions at the Central Pacific Passenger Station at the corner of Front and J streets.

In non-pandemic times, which presumably will return some happy day, the museum and foundation’s train excursions include The Polar Express, Farm-to-Fork Cocktail rides and the Spookamotive. For more information, visit the museum’s website.