California State Railroad Museum to showcase automobiles, locomotives May 26

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California State Railroad Museum and Foundation, in partnership with the California Automobile Museum, will debut a new exhibit highlighting automobiles and trains beginning May 26. The “World on Wheels” exhibit will feature five vintage automobiles next to locomotives in the museum’s roundhouse. The display will highlight how innovative train technology and design paved the way for the emergence of the automobile that surged in popularity for passenger travel. The five automobiles on loan from the California Automobile Museum will include a 1914 Stanley Steamer, a 1932 Ford Model B Station Wagon, a 1937 Cadillac Sedan, a 1940 Lincoln Zephyr and a 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air. The exhibit will run through Sept. 4, 2017.

Museum visitors will be able to see how railroad technology and design drove that of early automobiles. Even the first station wagon was a direct product of rail travel – the vehicles were custom-built to transport people and luggage to and from train stations.

On the opening day of the exhibition May 26, special steam-powered train rides will be available between the two museums. Granite Rock Co. 0-6-0T No. 10 will power the special shuttles. Trains will depart the Central Pacific Passenger Station in Old Sacramento at 11:10 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 1:10 p.m., 2:10 p.m., 3:10 p.m. and 4:10 p.m. and stop at the R Street crossing about five to six minutes later, which is a short walk to the Automobile Museum. In addition, the Automobile Museum will have “Road Crew” classic cars available at the R Street Crossing to transport any passengers who need assistance.

More information is available online.

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