Roaring Camp Railroads 50th Anniversary

RCR_DepotSteamTrain_lrRoaring Camp Railroads has taken visitors through the Santa Cruz Mountains since 1963 and has the engines stoked to celebrate its 50th anniversary. For decades, its mother-daughter railroad team has operated two lines with trains departing daily from its historic station and re-created 1880s mill town, Roaring Camp. Whether steaming up narrow-gauge tracks past rare groves of old-growth California redwoods or rambling along the San Lorenzo River to the bustling Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Roaring Camp Railroads invites passengers to come and celebrate its 50th anniversary with a year-round lineup of historic reenactments, music festivals, themed rides and a Silver Anniversary Celebration June 8 – 9, 2013.

“We’re celebrating 50 years of memories,” said Roaring Camp Railroad CEO Melani Clark. “If folks have ridden our railroad before, we want them to reconnect with it this year. If their children haven’t explored Roaring Camp, we want to wow them. And for those who have yet to take a ride with us, we want them to experience why our family decided 50 years ago to preserve this piece of history in the Santa Cruz Mountains.”

Roaring Camp RailroadsHistory comes to life at Roaring Camp, with heritage activities like gold panning, blacksmithing, period music, historic films in the Boxcar Theater, candle-making workshops and visits with the Town Marshal. After a scenic ride, passengers can hike nearby trails lined with redwoods and then kick their feet up at the Chuckwagon
Barbeque or Red Caboose for a hearty serving of Americana.

For more information, tickets and history on Roaring Camp Railroad, visit or call 831.335.4484.

TPAers, have you ever visited Roaring Camp or taken a train ride through the Santa Cruz Mountains? It’s a wonderful experience! If you’ve done it, what are your memories? If you haven’t yet done it, is it something you’d like to do? Share with other fans below!

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