Enjoy 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.
Book 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.
Learn More About Livermore Wineries.
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
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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