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Address: 6 Kilkare Rd, Niles Station, Fremont, CA
Phone Number: 510-996-8420
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Live Steam Train

Live steam is pretty few and far between experiences and this is one of those authentic not to miss trains on the West Coast! The locomotive is a 2-6-6-2 that pulls the train from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 19, 2015
Tappahannock, Virginia
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Tappahannock, Virginia
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311 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Live steam is pretty few and far between experiences and this is one of those authentic not to miss trains on the West Coast! The locomotive is a 2-6-6-2 that pulls the train from Niles (near Fremont) to Sunol on a thirty minute trip. On the return journey the diesel-electric takes over and hauls the open and closed carriages westerly... More 

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Fremont, California
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

After riding this train a couple times, it does get old. The first time, it was amazing and exciting for our kids. It had open air passenger cars and closed ones too. All of the trains and passenger cars were decommissioned and donated. You get to pass an old storage area where they keep more passenger cars and trains, which... More 

Thank quincy24
San Ramon, California
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111 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

We attended a special event over Labor Day weekend: the final runs of the old steam engine through Niles Canyon before it is removed to another location. Great trip in nostalgic old rail cars. Lot's of kids on board, of ALL ages :-) There is a special, air conditioned, Pullman car at the end of the train if you prefer... More 

Thank JDB68
Danville, California
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50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Coming soon you will be able to sign up for the Holiday Train of Lights excursions. The train is loaded with outside lights on every car and each is decorated inside differently. The train goes back and forth between the Fremont Niles station and the Sunol station many evenings during the Holiday season. Go to the Niles Canyon Railroad web... More 

Thank rmyers1944
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20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We boarded the train in Sunol CA. You can also board in Niles CA. The train runs between the two cities. We had 10 family members ages 3 to 91. The train leaves on time so plan to get there early if you want to sit together. There are open cars or enclosed cars. We sat in the open car... More 

Thank clbclb
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150 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

My mother-in-law turns 99 on July 2. She spent her whole life in Niles, now part of the City of Fremont, so we decided that it would be fitting to take her and about 30 of her closest relatives for a ride on the Niles Canyon Railway. We all rode in an open railroad car (there are closed ones, too)... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I heard thru my coworker that this is a must do and has made it an annual tradition with her kids so if you're local you should try it. During winter they offer long rides up Sunol canyon. This gets sold out so book early. I took an infant and snuggled up and luckily i did since i had an... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The trip from downtown Niles to Sunol is very pretty. You can get on at either end and go round trip. Bring a picnic, there is a small park in Sunol right across the street from the train station, and one in Niles in front of the station. Sunol also has a few restaurants, as does Niles. Plenty of Antique... More 

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We took our small son (4 year old) for this train ride that begins from Sunol to Niles (and back) and it was fantastic! It was a bit expensive at 45 USD for the 3 of us, but other than that the experience was amazing. They took us from Sunol to Niles, and on the way back they stopped the... More 

Thank hnarsana
Silchester, England
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

We chose to ride the steam special on Memorial Day which was quite an experience. The ride up the canyon from Niles is quite scenic and we were being pulled by a full size steam locomotive that used to work this line and others in the area. The line is on a constant up hill gradient so the engine works... More 

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