September 12 & 13, 2015 Hours 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Colfax Railroad Days is an annual community event that celebrates the history and continuing role railroads play today in moving passengers and freight in our Placer County region.  This year we are celebrating Colfax’s 150th Birthday.

Join the Colfax Sesquicentennial Cerebration 

This is a wonderfully educational and entertaining family experience that brings nearly every aspect of railroading close up to the residents of Northern California. This is your one opportunity each year to sit in the engineer’s seat by boarding a train locomotive.  Learn about the huge specialized train equipment that railroaders use to keep the tracks clear of heavy snowfall in the winter and keep the trains moving.

Colfax Railroad Days is produced by the Placer Sierra Railroad Heritage Society with the cooperation and assistance of these Colfax non-profit organizations

Ringling Bros Circus Train Update

The Ringling Bros Barnum and Bailey Circus Train is now departing Roseville yard at 12:30 pm. Monday.  It will be heading eastbound to Salt Lake City.  This train is unique in that the entire circus, including animals and vehicles are on board.  Thus, its a long train almost a mile long.

A good place to view it is the Colfax Amtrak platform which gives an unencumbered view of the train cars.  Usually, the circus staff are waving out the windows of the vestibules.  Its very interesting to watch go by.

Estimated time through Colfax is 1:30pm to 2pm.


Win a Trip on the Zephyr!

Win aamtrak_logo1 trip for two on Amtrak’s California Zephyr.  This year we have two grand prizes.  Each is a pair of tickets aboard on of America’s premier rail journeys.  You will go to Reno, NV and return while enjoying the scenic splendor of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Schedule the trip when you want it.  Raffle tickets available at the 150th Anniversary Dinner & at the PSRHS booth on event days.  Good Luck!

Join Us for Dinner

Don’t miss out on the Colfax 150 Year Anniversary Dinner Event on Friday Sept 11 from 6pm to 10pm at the Historic Passenger Depot.

Enjoy BBQ Pulled Pork or Chicken dinner at the Depot with Americana and railroad music and Great Moments of Colfax History. Learn gripping details such as how the town of Colfax was named and where the original location for the town might have been if the track route hadn’t been changed!

Evening activities begin with exclusive tour of UP equipment at 5:30pm. Wine and beer served and great raffle prizes. Tickets are available for $20 at these locations:

  • Colfax Farm and Country Store
  •  Colfax Market, Mane Tamer Salon
  • Colfax Area History Museum
  • or reserving by calling 530 320-1276.

Come with your friends!
If you miss this event it’ll be 2065 for the 200th! Will you still be around for that?

Maps Now Available!
And for Saturday and Sunday  . . . we now have a map to events, exhibits and food.  Click Here.

Empire Mine State Park Association to attend the 2015 Colfax Railroad Days!

This volunteer group will be in attendance for the first time this year with their attractive display that promotes mining history preserved at the Empire Mine State Historic Park.

Empire Mine 1

The Empire Mine State Park is not only the closest State Park to Colfax in nearby Grass Valley but it is also one of the most well attended of any in the California State Park System.  Their display often features a gold panning demonstration and if we’re lucky, we may even see this group’s fascinating operating mining equipment demonstration setup.

Their participation will be a great new attraction at Colfax Railroad Days!

Welcome Aboard!

Passenger Rail Transportation News at Railroad Days

Visitors to Colfax Railroad Days interested in new developments in passenger rail transportation technology will be able to view displays and talk with representatives of the California High Speed Rail Authority (CAHSRA) as well as SIEMENS Rail Systems.

CAHSRA is responsible for the construction of the high speed rail line that will connect San Francisco and Los Angeles with trains reaching speeds of 200 mph!

SIEMENS Rail Systems located in South Sacramento is a manufacturer of high technology passenger rail trains and locomotives.  In their local plant they build light rail trains, electric locomotives for Amtrak and high efficiency/low emission diesel-electric trains for Caltrain.  SEIMENS also builds high speed train systems in Europe and Asia capable of 220 mph!

Planning Meeting August 31

The next Colfax Railroad Days Planning Meeting will be held on Monday, August 31st at 7PM in Colfax City Hall Council Chambers.  Discussion will focus on remaining tasks to be accomplished and status updates.  You are invited to attend and contribute your ideas and skills to help make this a successful and memorable event.

2015 Colfax Railroad Days on Saturday and Sunday, September 12th & 13th

Mark your calendar now so you won’t miss this great family event!  2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of Colfax when the railroad made it to town in September of 1865.  Therefore, this year’s celebration is extra special and will feature additional attractions over last year.

Remember, Sunday Sept 13 is Grandparent’s Day.  So kids, bring your grandparents — they’ll enjoy this event too.

Check back on this website to get updates on coming attractions this year.