The California Railroad Museum has an extensive amount of attractions that display a variety of themes and topics that are related to the California and Western railroad system.
Without Words is an interactive exhibit that explores how people communicated non-verbally when they worked in fields related to the railroad. Thus, visitors are able to thoroughly understand the reasoning behind the creation and innovation of railroad features, such as whistles, lanterns, and flags.
Fast Tracks: The World of High Speed Rail includes a simulator of a high-speed train. Visitors will be able to use the interactive controls to stimulate what it would feel like to drive and travel in a high-speed train. Other features of Fast Tracks: The World of High Speed Rail include; videos, interactive maps, and high-speed railroad models and representations.
Building America: Abraham Lincoln and the Union Pacific Railroad examines how President Abraham Lincoln played a key role in supporting and creating railroads on the West Coast of the United States. One of the major things Lincoln did for western railroads as sign the Pacific Railroad Act in 1862. Other highlights of this exhibit include the Union Pacific Railroad and how railroads played a key role in war, as well as change the overall impact of the transportation industry.
Two Glorious Exhibitions. One Golden State showcases how California played an influential role in how railroads advanced and impacted the United States.
Some of the features of this exhibit include; railroads in connection to the Panama Canal, the railroad impact on expositions, and the benefit that the railroad industry did for the economy.
A City Divided and the Pullman Strike of 1894 gives visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves into the history of 1894 when there was a national railroad strike during the summer. Although the Pullman Strike of 1894 was a nationwide strike, this exhibit focuses on what it was like living during the strike in Sacramento, and the effects the strike had on Sacramento’s societal and economical balance.
Locomotives is an extensive collection that includes nearly 20 different locomotives form 1862 to 1944. Along with showcasing the beauty of various locomotives, the purpose of this exhibit is to demonstrate the various innovations that were made for locomotives and the impact of those specific innovations.
Rolling Stock features rolling stock from 1874 to 1950. Whether the car as a short caboose, or a sleeping car, the California Railroad Museum’s extensive collection of rolling cars demonstrate the historical and social impact that these cars had. Photo: California Railroad Museum
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