|Western Rail Museum extends hours
From now through Labor Day, the Western Railway Museum in Solano County expands its operating times and will be open five days each week: Wednesday through Sunday from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The museum will also be open and operating trains on Independence Day (Friday, July 4) and Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 1). The highlight of just about any visit is an 11-mile round trip ride on an authentic, restored historic railcar through the Sacramento Northern Railway National Historic District. Trains run every 90 minutes beginning at 11 a.m. Volunteer docents talk about local sights and railroad history on every trip.
In the new Traction Labs exhibit, visitors of all ages can use solar and wind power to generate electricity and operate miniature streetcars on the model railroad.
Once a day, at 1:15 p.m., docents lead a guided tour through the collection in Car House three, where 25 life-size antique electric rail cars are preserved.
On Saturday, June 14, the museum will debut its newest artifact, San Diego light-rail-vehicle No. 1018. After a brief dedication ceremony at 11 a.m., the train will be operating approximately every 30 minutes throughout the day.
The Western Railway Museum is located at 5848 State Highway 12 in Solano County, halfway between Fairfield and Rio Vista, 15 minutes east of Interstate 80. Regular admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors 65 years and older and $7 for children 2 through 14, and includes unlimited train rides and use of the Laflin Park picnic grounds.