Lions Gate Hotel, McClellan, Calif.
July 11-15, 2018
Get the full steamup experience while
taking advantage of a low room rate
If you’ve never attended a small-scale live steamup, a startling aspect is that these things really do run night and day. You can go to the track at 7 a.m. or 7 p.m., noon or midnight, and find engines running.
If you’ve been to a steamup, we don’t have to tell you that the best way to experience it is to stay at the steamup hotel.
The Lions Gate Hotel, in McClellan Park (a former U.S. Air Force base adjacent to the Sacramento suburb of North Highlands) is a high-quality hotel that provides luxurious rooms at a low rate. The hotel is in a campus-like setting and we will have the newly refreshed McClellan Conference Center for steaming.
Executives at the Lions Gate have been persuaded to provide attendees of the National Summer Steamup 2018 with a room rate that is low for Sacramento: select rooms as low as $99 (plus tax — new cutoff deadline for reduced rates is June 25), including a complimentary continental breakfast.
While there may be less expensive rooms in the area, your stay at the Lions Gate shows your support for the National Summer Steamup and that you are concerned that it will continue into the future.
The Lions Gate is located at the junction of Business Interstate 80 and Interstate 80, 10 miles from downtown Sacramento. The hotel is 20 minutes from the Sacramento International Airport and is eight miles from Interstate 5, making driving from the north or south easy.
For those interested in other aspects of the railroad hobby, Northern California provides a variety of unique rail and live steam experiences:
♦The California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, home to live-steam artifacts as well as a provider of live steam rides (weekends only) is a 15-minute drive from the Lions Gate.
♦In Alameda County, the Pacific Locomotive Association operates standard-gauge live steam locomotive rides every Sunday throughout the summer. It’s a 1¾-hour drive from the hotel to the Niles Canyon Railway.
♦For narrow-gauge live steam enthusiasts, the Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad operates one of two Shays or a Heisler five times a day on weekends and four times weekdays; Roaring Camp is in Santa Cruz County, a 2¾-hour drive.
♦Another for narrow-gauge enthusiasts, the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum operates a Railbus on Saturdays; Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum is in Nevada County CA, a 1½-hour drive.
♦The Golden Gate Live Steamers, with 2½- to 7½-inch tracks, run every Sunday in Oakland’s Tilden Park. In addition, the 15-inch gauge live steam Redwood Valley Railway is also in Tilden; on Sunday it will operate 11 to 6 and during the week 12 to 5. Tilden Park is a 90-minute drive.
Room reservations can be made by calling the Lions Gate at (916) 643-6222, Ext. 0, or writing 3410 Westover St., McClellan, CA 95652; please mention that you are attending the Steam Events’ National Summer Steamup to get the special group rates.