Board the Sunol Train for Adventure on the Rails

Sunol Train RidesEnjoy a scenic train ride on the Sunol train. Located near wineries in Sunol, Castro Valley, and Livermore this train trip is a fun way to spend an hour on a Sunday afternoon.

The depot was first built in the 1880s for the Southern Pacific Railroad. It was reopened in 2001 and is run entirely by volunteers as a nonprofit charitable organization.

The Niles Canyon Railway conducts regular train rides on Sundays only between Sunol and Fremont. However, there are special train available on a seasonal basis. They also have special wine tasting trains at various times throughout the year.

Santa Train SunolBook early if you want to take your family on the very popular Santa Train excursions. These Christmas rides sell out early.

If you are wine tasting at the wineries in Sunol, Castro Valley, or Livermore, this train excursion would be something fun to do as well.

Elliston Vineyards is a few miles down the road, also on Kilkare Road. Elliston is set among oak trees, lush grounds, and Chardonnay vineyards. The wine tasting room and banquet facilities are located in an historic stone mansion.

Don’t miss Westover and Chouinard Vineyards. These two wineries are located next door to each other on Palomares Road. They enjoy a gorgeous wooded setting in the Palomares Canyon. Both have a variety of great wines for you to sample.
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Train fares are quite reasonably priced. Seats are first come, first served. You can select from open cars, covered cars, and enclosed coaches. Check the website below for the departure schedule for the Sunol train as it does change from time to time.

Contact Information for Sunol Train

Niles Canyon Railway
Sunol Depot
Address: 6 Kilkare Rd., Sunol, CA 94586
Telephone: (925) 862-9063

Directions to the Sunol Trail Depot from I-680:
Exit at Hwy. 84 West. Drive west for 1 mile to Sunol. Turn right onto Main Street. Continue on Main Street past Kilkare Rd. The Sunol Trail Depot is on the right.

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Skunk Train Fort Bragg

Skunk Train Fort Bragg

  • *Napa Wine Train
  • *California State Railroad Museum – Sacramento
  • *Skunk Train in Fort Bragg
  • *The Sacramento River Train
  • *Sierra Railroad Dinner Train – Oakdale
  • *Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
  • *Railtown 1897 State Historic Park – Jamestown
  • *Roaring Camp Railway – Santa Cruz
  • *LA Rail – Los Angeles
  • *Julian Railroad – San Diego County

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  • Board the Sierra Dinner Train for Historic Fun

    Sierra Dinner Train - Oakdale Train Board the Sierra Dinner Train in Oakdale to experience an historic train ride. Make reservations to enjoy a lunch, dinner, or special event excursion.

    This Oakdale train is the third oldest railroad in North America. It’s more than 100 years old and has been a dinner train since the 1970s.

    Known as the “movie train”, this train has been featured in more than 300 movies, television shows, and commercials. Petticoat Junction, Bonanza, The Wild Wild West, The A Team, and Back to the Future all filmed here.

    The Oscar winning classic, High Noon, starring Grace Kelly and Gary Cooper was filmed at the Sierra Dinner Train back in 1951. More recently, the Alfac duck filmed a commercial using this site.

    Special excursions include a Thanksgiving Supper, Christmas trains, Beer Train, Champagne Brunch, dinner and lunch trips, a Zombie Train, Wine Tasting Rides, and Murder Mystery dinners. Click on the link below to find out more about upcoming events and to make reservations.

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    Sierra Dinner Train – Contact Information

    Reservations and Information
    Address: 330 S. Sierra Ave., Oakdale, CA 95361
    Telephone: (800) 866-1690

    Directions from the north or south
    Take Interstate I-5 or Hwy. 99 to Manteca. Go east on CA 120. Continue straight on Yosemite Avenue as you enter Oakdale. Turn left onto G Street. Take the first right onto S. Sierra Avenue. The train depot will be on the right side of the street.

    Directions from the San Francisco Bay Area
    Take 580 east toward Tracy. 580 will become 205. Exit to the right onto CA 120. Travel east on CA 120 into downtown Oakdale. Turn left onto G Street. Take the first right onto S. Sierra Avenue. The train depot will be on the right side of the street.

    If you have ridden the Sierra Dinner Train in Oakdale, please let us know how you liked it! Scroll down and you will find a place to leave a comment.

    Scenic Train Rides

    scenic train ridesEnjoy the sights rolling by on scenic train rides in beautiful California. Relive history and experience amazing views riding these historic old trains.

    This is a great way to relive history and explore fabulous scenery at the same time. There are a variety of historic trains still operating throughout the state. Treat yourself to a train trip soon!

    Most of these trains offer a variety of excursions, which often include:

    • Polar Express Train Rides at Christmas
    • Murder Mystery Dinner Rides
    • Wine Tasting Trips
    • Haunted Rides at Halloween
    • Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day Celebrations
    • Vetran’s Day and 4th of July Specials
    • Moonlight Rides
    • Great Train Robberies
    • Egg Hunts at Easter
    • Overnight Trips

    Scroll down to learn about the scenic trains of California.

    Train Rides in Northern California

    Fort Bragg Skunk Train
    Skunk Train of Fort Bragg
    This popular train takes you through the California Redwoods for a spectacular scenic trip. Located in Mendocino County, this is the perfect place for a wine country getaway. Special event train excursions include overnight trips, holiday rides, special dinners, barbecues, a train/kayak outing, and even a unique train ride/camping trip.

    Napa Valley Wine Train
    The Wine Train of the Napa Valley

    This 36 miles ride through the Napa Valley is a three hour ride. Excursions include lunch and dinner packages, moonlight rides, exciting holiday events, murder mysteries, vintners lunches, special wine tastings, and winemaker dinners.

    Niles Canyon Railway
    Niles Canyon Railway in Sunol
    Located in the Livermore Wine Country, this train travels back and forth between Sunol and Fremont. It’s a scenic ride. Special events include wine tasting rides, holiday specials, and Boy Scout Merit Badge training. You can even charter the train for your own special event.

    California State Railroad Museum – Old Town Sacramento Enjoy summer train excursions along the river. Special events include the Polar Express Train Ride (sells out well in advance of Christmas) and the Spookomotive Train Ride.

    Sacramento River Train Travel the 28 miles from West Sacramento to Woodland at a leisurely pace as you enjoy the scenery rolling past. Special excursion include holiday events, beer and wine tasting rides, murder mysteries, great train robberies, dinner and brunch trains.

    Railtown 1897 State Historic Park – Jamestown
    Explore the California Gold Country by train. The 6 mile journey is 45 minutes roundtrip. Special holiday events are usually longer.

    Sierra Railroad Dinner Train – Oakdale
    Sierra Dinner TrainLocated in Oakdale, the Sierra Railroad Dinner Train is the 3rd oldest train in North America. Have fun on their special holiday excursions, beer tasting rides, murder mystery dinners, champagne brunch rides, and various lunch or dinner trips.

    Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
    This railroad is located near the south entrance into Yosemite National Park. This 4 mile train trip offers special events which include moonlight barbecues, gold panning, holiday events, and melodramas.


    Central California Train Rides

    Roaring Camp Railroad

    Roaring Camp Railway – Santa Cruz

    Enjoy scenic train rides through the Santa Cruz redwoods as well as roundtrip rides to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Special events include special holiday excursions, great train robberies, and moonlight rides.


    Train Rides in Southern California

    LA Rail – Los Angeles
    These trains travel at regular full track speeds of up to 90 mph. Popular excursions include the Portland Wine and Roses Train, the Vino Train from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, and weekend sleeper trips, You can also book your own charter trip.

    Julian Railroad – San Diego CountyExperience a unique trail ride and historic gold mine tour. They also have special excursions for the holidays. THIS RAILROAD IS NOW CLOSED. WE ARE WAITING TO SEE IF IT REOPENS.

    Have you experienced any of these scenic train rides? If you have, please tell us about your trip. We’d love to hear how it went.

    Roaring Camp Railroad

    Roaring Camp Railroad

    Travel back in time. Roaring Camp Railroad is an historic train that winds through the redwood forest and to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Experience incredible views along the way, whichever of the two routes you choose.

    The Roaring Camp Railway is located in the small town of Felton just six miles from Santa Cruz. There’s lots to do in this 1880s logging town including hiking through the redwoods, gold panning, horseshoes, and volleyball. Visit the blacksmith, general store, old time photo studio, blacksmith, candle shop & chuck-wagon barbecue.

    The Redwood Forest Steam Train

    Roaring Camp Railway The Redwood Forest Steam Train is pulled by an 1880s steam locomotive. This historic locomotive used to haul giant redwood logs out of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

    This route takes you through a dense redwood forest to the summit of Bear Mountain. It’s a scenic mountain route.

    Santa Cruz Beach Train

    Train at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
    The Santa Cruz Beach Train travels through Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. This scenic route takes you across a 1909 steel truss bridge and through a tunnel built in 1875. You can also purchase tickets to travel from the Santa Cruz Beach to the Roaring Camp Train Depot in Felton.

    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
    The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is an oceanside amusement park operated by the City of Santa Cruz. It’s a fun place for people of all ages. Enjoy relaxing on the beach. Ride a variety of rides including the historic 1924 wooden roller coaster called the “Giant Dipper”. Test you luck at games. Enjoy a snack. Listen to live entertainment on the outdoor stage. Play a round of minature golf. It’s definitely a place for people watching.

    Roaring Camp Railroad Contact Information>

    Reservations and Information
    Address: 5401 Graham Hill Rd., Felton, CA 95018
    Telephone: (831) 335-4484
    Open daily except on Christmas.

    Directions from Santa Cruz:
    Take SR-17 from Santa Cruz northeast to Scotts Valley. Get off at Exit #3 at Mt. Hermon Rd. and drive 3.5 miles northwest to Felton. Mt. Hermon Road ends at Graham Hill Road. Turn left on Graham Hill Road and drive 1/2 mile to Roaring Camp (on the right).

    Directions from San Jose Area:
    Take 880 south to I-880/SR-17. Continue southwest on I-880/SR-17 to Scotts Valley. Get off at Exit #3 at Mt. Hermon Rd. and drive northwest 3.5 miles to Felton. Mt. Hermon Road ends at Graham Hill Road. Turn left on Graham Hill Road and drive 1/2 mile to Roaring Camp (on the right).

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    Board the Napa Valley Wine Train for Food & Fun

    Napa Valley Wine TrainThe Napa Valley Wine Train offers a three hour journey along a 36 mile round trip between the towns of Napa and St. Helena and back.

    Enjoy fine wine and breathtaking vistas of the Napa Valley as you relax in the elegance of the vintage 1915-17 Pullman dining car and lounge car or in the 1952 Vista Dome Rome car. These historic cars have been lavishly restored to their original beauty. The Napa Valley train offers a unique experience!

    Taste wine as you take in the gorgeous scenery along the route. There’s a wine tasting bar on the train where you can sample boutique wines from 30-40 local Napa wineries. Special lunch and dinner packages are available as well. There’s even Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre on selected dates.

    Napa Wine Train CrossingThe Napa Wine Train is a fun outing. Experience the beauty of Napa in the comfort of this elegant train for an memorable experience. Learn more about the wine train and make reservations by clicking on the link provided below.

    This excursion is a different way to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery of the valley. You’ll find seasonal events throughout the year to celebrate the holidays along with a fun train ride. Special events include Santa Train Rides, New Year’s Celebrations, Valentine excursions, Moonlight escapes, and celebrity wine maker dinners.

    If you’re in a romantic mood, bring a padlock for the Love Lock Bridge. Couples decorate the padlock with your names or initials and can affix the padlock to the bridge as they board the train. Save the key as a souvenir.

    Check their web site below for upcoming events. This is Napa’s most unique dining experience!

    After learning about the Napa Wine Train, explore other exciting things to do in the Napa Valley:

    Wineries | Hotels | Art | Golf | Hot Air Balloons | Spas | Hiking

    Napa Wine Train Contact Information

    Reseravations or Information
    Address: 1275 McKinstry Street, Napa, California 94559
    Telephone: (800) 427-4124

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