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Niles Canyon Railway

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Address: P.O. Box 2247, Niles Station, Fremont, CA
Phone Number: 925-862-9063
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You have to be willing to go with the flow

Like all places run by volunteers, it is fantastic and awesome to be around people who are passionate about what they do. This place isn't a Disney land, it is a working museum... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Fremont, California
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English first
Fremont, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Like all places run by volunteers, it is fantastic and awesome to be around people who are passionate about what they do. This place isn't a Disney land, it is a working museum, you are required to hold on to your kids and make sure they and you are safe. That being said my kids love this place, the ability... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

I recently took the a ride on the train of lights from Niles to Sunol with my 3-year old grandson and other family members. It was an exciting experience to see the fully lighted decorated train pull up and to climb on board. We walked through the different cars to view the lights and decorations on each one before the... More 

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California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
28 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This train ride from Sunol to Niles is a reasonably priced fun family excursion. They're normally just open on weekends. In addition to their regular rides, they have wine tasting and other special event rides. During the Christmas holidays they have special Santa Trains all decked out for the holidays. However, make your reservations really early as they do sell... More 

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Poulsbo
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25 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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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
22 helpful votes 22 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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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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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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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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