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New Museum Planned, Others Slated To Close

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, May 20, 2011

Governor Jerry Brown's plan to whittle down the state's multi-Billion-dollar deficit calls for shutting down 70 state parks…including the two mansions.

At the same time, state parks officials are starting to raise private money for a new attraction that would be connected to the existing state Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento.

Jack Robinson - editor of the Sacramento Business Journal - says it would be a "living museum" of railroad technology.

"Visitors could see exhibits but also see old locomotives being repaired in these century-old buildings. It is another key piece in the city's effort to develop the railyard. The property owner is putting millions into infrastructure and of course the railyard is the mostly likely site for that basketball arena that the city is determined to build."

It'll cost $56 million to build the new museum. Fundraisers will target railroad buffs and companies related to the rail industry for donations. State parks officials reportedly already have $16 million in the bank.

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