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Steam trains chug on summer weekends in old Sacramento.

The California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento will offer steam train tours every weekend from June 2 through Labor DAy (except July 7 and 8). The 5-mile round trip heads out from the Central Pacific passenger station next to the museum, puffs along the Sacramento River south to Miller Park, then returns. A 1920 Union Pacific 0-6-0 switch engine will pull up to five cars, including coaches and open gondolas. The engine last steamed in the 1950s in North Platte, Nebraska. Trips take about 40 minutes and depart every hour between 10 and 4 on weekends; tickets cost $3 for adults, $2 for children under 12. A museum docent will be on board to answer questions. You should allow time for a stroll through the museum itself with its displays, film, and exhibits of 21 pieces of rolling stock, dating from 1862 to 1954. Out the back are a roundhouse and turntable. Admission is $3, $1 for ages 6 to 17. Museum hours are 10 to 5 daily. To get there from Interstate Highway 5, take the Old Sacramento exit and follow signs.
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