California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento

Tour a museum in the state park system of California, USA, interpreting the role of the "iron horse" in connecting California to the rest of the nation.
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California State Railroad Museum. Courtesy photo

California State Railroad Museum. Courtesy photo

Blow off Steam

Did you know the concept for Bisquick came from a creative railroad chef in 1930 who created a pre-mixed batter and stored it on ice, so he could serve fresh biscuits on the train every day?

Discover the ways in which railroads changed the course of American history at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento.

“Trains are what put America in motion literally,” says Phil Sexton, a state park interpreter at the museum. “Prior to trains, you moved at the same speed in the 1850s as in biblical times. Suddenly [after trains were invented], you’re going six times faster than anyone else had moved on Earth.”

After perusing the exhibits, climb aboard one of the museum’s steam or vintage diesel locomotives for a ride.
“Until you hear a steam whistle, you’ve never heard a steam whistle,” Sexton says. “It gets into your gut and vibrates your inner soul.”

For More Information:
125 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Museum Information / Front Desk - (916) 323-9280
Museum Gift Store - (916) 324-4950
Membership Department - (916) 445-5995
Polar Express Hotline - (916) 445-8270