All aboard! Trains at the Western Railway Museum will begin departures for the annual Pumpkin Patch Festival Oct. 13.
The Pumpkin Patch Festival, a beloved fall tradition for families throughout Northern California, is open weekends Oct. 13-28 at the Western Railway Museum. Visitors will ride one of the museum's historic trains to Gum Grove Station, where they can then enjoy hay rides, a hay pyramid, live music, farm animals, crafts, games, and lots and lots of pumpkins.
This year’s Pumpkin Patch will feature an expanded array of fun activities for the entire family, with no price increase from last year. Admission is $14 adults, $12 seniors, $10 for children 2-14, and $4 for museum members and includes transportation to and from the pumpkin patch on the electric trains, admission to the patch, and most of the activities and entertainment. Please note, pumpkins, food and drinks, and some games are offered at additional cost. Please bring cash.
The museum typically sees several thousand people attend the Pumpkin Patch Festival every weekend. Since all of their volunteer and staff are working the event, no other railroad operations or tours are offered at the museum during the Pumpkin Patch Festival. However, the museum's visitor center and picnic grounds are open and included with admission. Guests are welcome to ride the train back and fourth from the visitor center to Gum Grove as often as they'd like.
The Pumpkin Patch Festival runs for three weekends in October. The Western Railway Museum partners with Solano County Rotary Clubs for the festival, and guests will see Rotarians working the booths alongside museum volunteers and staff. The museum doors open at 9:30 am, and the first train departs for the Pumpkin Patch at 10 am. Trains run every 30 minutes, departing the museum campus at the top and bottom of each hour; departing the Pumpkin Patch at 20 and 50 minutes after each hour. The last train back from the Pumpkin Patch will be at 4:45 pm each day.
Other important information:
- There is no ATM at the Western Railway Museum or the Pumpkin Patch. Credit/debit cards are accepted for admission tickets. Pumpkins, and other items for sale at the Pumpkin Patch are cash only.
- Dogs are welcome! Dogs must be leashed at all times – at the Railway Museum, on the trains, and at the Pumpkin Patch. Pumpkin Patch trains can carry capacity crowds during peak times, and there will be hundreds of people at the Pumpkin Patch during most operating hours. Please be sure your dog is well behaved in crowd situations. You are responsible for your dog’s behavior at all times.
- Strollers are welcome. When you prepare to board the train, notify a uniformed museum volunteer of your stroller. Strollers are transported to the Pumpkin Patch in different ways, depending on passenger loadings for each trip. On a crowded train, you might not have access to your stroller during the 20 minute train trip to or from the Pumpkin Patch. Uniformed museum volunteers will help load and unload your stroller. Please do not leave valuable items in your stroller when it is not in your sight.
- Portable restrooms are available at the Pumpkin Patch, including hand-washing stations. Full restroom facilities are only available at the Visitors Center on the Western Railway Museum campus.
- Your ticket includes transportation to and from the pumpkin patch on our restored historic electric trains; admission to the Pumpkin Patch and most activities and entertainment. Visitors may travel back and forth to the Pumpkin Patch as many times as they wish during the day that they visit. Pumpkins, food & drink, and some games at the Pumpkin Patch are offered at additional cost. Only cash is accepted for these items.