Where can you board a real-life motor rail car and take a ride through Autumn colored foliage to a hidden pumpkin patch. Folsom of course, as the annual Pumpkin Patch Flyer Train is back for a new season. 


Thanks to the continued efforts of the Placerville and Sacramento Valley Railroad organization , visitors can enjoy the sights and smells of autumn as they travel to the pumpkin patch at Willow Springs in the heart of the city along the tracks on this timeless annual attraction that continues thanks to many hardworking volunteers.

Participants can board the historic rail car on Saturday’s and Sunday up until Halloween at the intersection of East Bidwell Street and Oak Avenue Parkway (near California Family Fitness). 


Once boarded, passengers of all ages will enjoy a slow trek down the tracks through the scenic areas of Willow Creek. They will arrive at a special pumpkin patch set in the midst of the autumn foliage where youngsters pick out a pumpkin and can enjoy light snacks and drinks as well as fun activities like coloring, cookie decorating and more.

All together, the experience lasts approximately 40-60 minutes from the time of departure to the time of return from the pumpkin patch.


The Pumpkin Patch Flyer departs from the starting point every 30 minutes each Saturday and Sunday starting at 10:45 a.m.

Tickets are $10 for children 5-12 years old, which includes a pumpkin at the destination pumpkin patch. Adult tickts are $16. Those 4 and under are free to ride and also get a pumpkin. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the Placerville and Sacrament Valley Railroad website at:www.psvrr.org.

Photo courtesy City of Folsom

Bill Sullivan
Author: Bill Sullivan