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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 18 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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Poulsbo
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67 reviews 67 reviews
24 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The trains are decorated to the hilt with tons of colorful lights - and the ride through Niles Canyon is so much fun! Every time the train goes through a curve one can see it in its full lighted glory - I recommend sitting at the front or back of the train for best views. It can get VERY cold... More

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Canberra, Australia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

First you drive Niles then you take the steam train on the week end. Get there early so as to make the return trip. Travels from Sunol to Niles and parallels the freight/ACE commuter rail corridor. This is about the only extended railway fanatic track in the bay area. Take the time to look around Niles too, where Chaplin made... More

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Fremont, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Dont' miss the Christmas lights train ride or for the adults the Wine train. Check their website for run times.

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San Francisco, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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863 helpful votes 863 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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3 attraction reviews
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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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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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 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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