FAIRFIELD — The Western Railway Museum on Sunday will dedicate the Sacramento Northern Railway National Historic District.
It’s an odd-shaped historical district. For the most part, it extends along 22 miles of the former Sacramento Northern railway in rural eastern Solano County. Electric trains passed on this route for several decades starting in 1913 as they carried passengers between Sacramento and Oakland.
The Western Railway Museum will have a dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. But that’s only part of Members Appreciation Day, which includes events for both museum members and the public.
“It’s a great day for the public to come out,” museum Executive Director Phil Kohlmetz said. “There will be a lot of different trains running. We’ll be running the actual Sacramento Northern train.”
The Western Railway Museum is located on Highway 12 between Suisun City and Rio Vista. It has a large collection of electric trains and runs trains along a track segment in the Montezuma Hills area. It will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The dedication comes about because the federal government in 2012 placed the railroad segment on the National Register of Historic Places.
At noon, the museum will have a presentation on a car restoration project. At 2 p.m., it will have a presentation on the Sacramento Northern in Solano County. At 4 p.m., Kohlmetz will take part in a question-and-answer session.
Go to www.wrm.org or call 374-6742 to for more information on the museum.
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