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Niles Canyon Railway

P.O. Box 2247, Niles Station, Fremont, CA
925-862-9063
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Ranked #1 of 17 attractions in Fremont
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads
Traveler Description: Niles Canyon Railway Operating along part of the First Transcontinal Railroad built in the 1860's which connected San Franciso with San Jose Railroad... more »
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San Francisco, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

A SUPER fun place for kids and families at Christmas time! Buy your tix for the 'Niles Canyon Train of Lights' because they always sell out! Also, DRESS WARM! Nights are chilly and most of the cars are open air! Bring hot cocoa! :)

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Fremont, California
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372 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Niles Canyon Railway is a fun way to take the historic train from NIles area of Fremont, California and goes through scenic Niles Canyon To Sunol, California (and return). The train trip takes a little over an hour to take. There is a small museum in the Niles Fremont Station. The train does various events throughout the year - such... More

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

I took my 7 year old great nephew who is a train lover. He really seemed to enjoy sitting in the different cars, getting a snack in the dining car, and the trip, which wasn't too long for someone with a relatively short attention span. Afterwards on a Sunday we visited the museum next to it and he really enjoyed... More

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Fremont, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Niles Canyon Railroad system is run on weekends, and it uses a variety of reconditioned cars and locomotives. These lovingly restored cars are relics of a time gone by, and the conductors and docents are great at trying to provide the feel of old time railroads. As other posts have shown, they decorate these trains at certain times to... More

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Fun ride from Niles to Sunol.......kids love it, also at times they have wine tasting onboard. Spectacularly lit for Xmas, but tickets sell out quickly Walk over to Bronco Billys to have Pizza in Niles

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Milpitas, California
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Went on the Christmas Train Ride and was a lot of fun with the Christmas decorations and Christmas Carols and decorations... truly a lovely experience and great for kids.

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Union City, California, USA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

It's a short ride there and back, but on a beautiful Bay Area day it's great to sit in the open car and wonder along with your grandchild. They have terrific volunteers on the ride and at the stations that provide insight into local history and about the railroad and engines, both diesel and steam. We haven't made the "train... More

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

I am reviewing the 'train of lights" which is between November and December . The train is decorated both in and out and holiday songs are played over the speakers. very charming. It can get cold in the open coaches so once in a while we got a place to sit in the covered ones. Loved the chocolate chip cookies... More

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Fremont, California
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4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

a fun venture....................this is something that families with younger children would enjoy. The fees are rather high.

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Fremont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

This is a fantastic trip back in time from Niles to Sunol through beautiful Niles canyon. The train is decorated in hundreds of lights. They serve cookies and hot cider. All and all a fantastic family outing.

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