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Murder Mystery

Our signature Sunset Dinner gets a dose of intrigue with murder mystery dinner theater.


Our signature Sunset Dinner gets a dose of intrigue with murder mystery dinner theater. The price of your ticket includes the three-hour train ride, three courses of American fare with unlimited coffee and soft drinks, and a fun and interactive show.


As the train rolls along, you’ll meet a cast of quirky characters who will draw you into their drama as they squabble, scheme, and ultimately kill each other. We’ll be counting on you to solve the case while you dine.



General FAQ

Are the rides round-trip?

Yes! No matter where we board, your evening on the Sacramento RiverTrain will always end right back where it started.



Where are my tickets?

The Sacramento RiverTrain is a ticket-free operation. To board the train on your event date, all you’ll need to provide us is the last name of the person who purchased the reservations.



What happens if my date is cancelled?

Occasionally, due to circumstances beyond our control, we may be forced to cancel an event date. If this happens, we will contact you to make alternative arrangements. First, we’ll try to get you into the same experience on another trip date. If your schedule cannot accommodate another trip date, we will refund you your ticket purchase price.



Is the Sacramento RiverTrain affiliated with the Railroad Museum?

The Sacramento RiverTrain is a family-owned and operated business that is not affiliated with the California State Railroad museum.  If you want to learn about trains and the history of California’s railroads, the California State Railroad Museum is the place to go. If you’re looking for a unique venue for a variety of memorable experiences, look no further than the Sacramento RiverTrain.



Does the Sacramento RiverTrain run any trips using steam-powered engines?

No. All of our trains are diesel-powered locomotives. If you want to see vintage trains in action, consider making a weekend trip to our sister railroad in Mendocino County, the Skunk Train.



Is the Sacramento RiverTrain dog-friendly?

We offer two dog-friendly experiences, so you can spend an afternoon rolling through the countryside with your four-legged friends. Our Beer Train and The Old Vine Express each accommodate up to five dogs per trip. Please use your good judgement when making reservations for your dog: they will need to be able to remain on the train for three hours among crowds, live music, and horn sounds. Bear in mind that they also need to remain on-leash, attended, and in the outdoor, open-air cars throughout the duration of the trip. You may want to consider bringing at least two human companions to accompany your dogs, to allow one of you to duck into the indoor areas for beer or wine tastes, food runs, and restroom breaks.



Are there restrooms available on the Sacramento RiverTrain?

Yes. The Sacramento RiverTrain has several small, airplane or bus-style restrooms available for guest use.



Is smoking allowed on the Sacramento RiverTrain?

No. Federal regulations and regional fire codes prohibit smoking, even in the outdoor cars. 



What factors determine the ticket prices?

The Sacramento RiverTrain is dedicated to preserving a piece of American history and provides a unique venue for family entertainment. Each of our events take place aboard our train and includes a leisurely ride along the Old Garden Highway between Sacramento and Woodland. Our ticket prices allow us to operate and maintain our diesel locomotives and passenger cars, maintenance of rail, as well as pay for the required train engineer, conductor, dispatch, and event staff. Ticket prices also vary based on event specific additions such as 3-course meals on our Sunset Dinner Train or craft beer selections and live music we feature on our Beer Train. Additionally, Sacramento RiverTrain offers experience options for the budget-conscience including our upcoming excursion train. We also hold various online giveaways and promotions throughout the year to offer our social fans the opportunity to be our guests.



What is that 18% Staff Service Charge?

From wait staff to cleaners, the Sacramento RiverTrain has a lot of staff ensuring each train ride offers the best experience possible. In the past, we included an 18% gratuity in the ticket price but soon found that many guests were still tipping the staff, which caused them to spend more money than necessary. To avoid this confusion, we removed the gratuity from the ticket price and added the separate 18% Staff Service Charge for greater transparency.



Are discounts available for large groups?

Yes! Groups of 20 or more are eligible for significantly discounted rates. Call our reservations office at 1 (800) 866-1690 to inquire about group events.



Can I host my child’s birthday party on the Sacramento RiverTrain?

Yes! Kid-friendly events are one of our specialties, and any of these can be a great way to spend your child’s birthday. Great Train Robberies, for example, are the most economical option for little Wild West enthusiasts. However, any trip can be a great celebration: from the Zombie Train to the Christmas Train, there is always something fun rolling down the tracks. Contact our group sales and special events manager to plan a great day, and secure special discounted pricing for parties of 20 or more — Call our reservations office at 1 (800) 866-1690 to inquire about group events.



Can I have a corporate event on the Sacramento RiverTrain?

Absolutely! Large company parties can schedule a special train trip to show employees appreciation, celebrate the holidays, or work on building up that team mentality. For smaller groups, consider reserving a private car for one of our already-scheduled trips. Call our reservations office at 1 (800) 866-1690 to inquire about group events.



Can I rent out the entire train?

Yes, private charters may be arranged, upon request, for any day of the week depending upon availability.



Is the Sacramento RiverTrain wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the Sacramento RiverTrain is wheelchair accessible. Due to the historic nature of the train cars, however, there are some unique challenges for anyone with mobility restrictions to be aware of. Some of our cars have narrow hallways with 90 degree turns, and we cannot guarantee that personal chairs will fit. Additionally, some of our cars are upper level and have steep stairs at either end. That being said, we will make every effort to accommodate anyone wishing to ride the train. Please give us a call at 1.800.866.1690 to discuss further.



How many guests can the RiverTrain accommodate?

The train has a maximum capacity of 300 guests. The maximum capacity may vary based on the experience.