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Niles Canyon Railway

Fremont, CA, USA
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Sally G wrote a review Dec 2020
San Jose, United States184 contributions19 helpful votes
What a treat to ride the right of way of the last built section of the Transcontinental railroad. Niles Canyon is beautiful with scenic hillsides and dramatic walls; not to mention multiple vintage railroad bridges over Alameda creek. However, the stars of this event are the historic diesel and steam engines used to pull one time working coaches and open air cars. It's a beautiful and relaxing way to spend an afternoon. Special events to consider are the wine tasting and holiday events. Of particular note are photo specials where you can photograph the historic trains in their natural element with multiple run-bys. Couples, families and groups are all accommodated. Each season of the year has its own charm. Anyone interested in local history, wants to see nature's splendor or is is a railroad buff should make it a point to visit Niles Canyon Railway.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Edward G wrote a review Feb 2020
Union City, California48 contributions9 helpful votes
Step bake in time and ride a train through Nlies Canyon, make it really special and do it on a day when they are running steam.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Diane E wrote a review Dec 2019
Discovery Bay, California3 contributions
We took our first (and not our last) train ride yesterday. We enjoyed the Train of Lights decorated for the holidays. It is all done by volunteers and you can tell they love what they do. We had tickets for the Dome car but walked the whole train to see how each car was decorated. In the Dome car there is a photo book showing several of the "famous" people that rode in that car. Apparently Frank Sinatra was well known for "holding up" the bar...LOL.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Gregory S wrote a review Dec 2019
Lodi, California368 contributions113 helpful votes
We decided that we wanted to ride the Niles Canyon Railway Train Of Lights in style. As soon as the tickets went on sale I started the buying process because the premium tickets sell quickly. Fortunately, I was able to buy three dome car tickets. We arrived at the Sunol Station about an hour before scheduled departure time. The main parking lot was already full and we were directed to a second parking area that filled up in a short period of time. The Will Call line was long but moved quickly. To board the the train we were directed to the far end of the boarding area where we waited until the train was ready for boarding. Once on board we needed to walk through seven cars to the dome car at the far end of the train. I learned later that there were seventeen car on this year’s train and it took nearly a month to decorate the cars. By the time we got to the dome car all of the seats in the dome we full; so, we settled into very comfortable chairs in the lounge area under the dome where we enjoyed some cider and cookies. While traveling to Niles, I walked to one of the open cars and was treated with a magnificent view of the train. Once we arrived at the end of the line, in Niles, was we moved to the dome for the ride back to Sunol with awesome views of the canyon and the lighted train. The trip was over much too soon. My daughter has decided that we will do this again next year.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Bart C wrote a review Oct 2019
Foster City, California474 contributions148 helpful votes
This is the terminus (or the old one) for the Niles Canyon RR and it's a lovely building with a small rail museum inside. The grounds outside are a lovely little park in a cute historic town. Low key, but fun and good for photos or painting. I didn't take the railroad itself, but the ride is known as a beautiful one toward Sunol.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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