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Address: 6 Kilkare Rd, Niles Station, Fremont, CA
Phone Number: 510-996-8420
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Train of Light is Spectacular!

People can ride the train of lights in the month of December, maybe the tail end of November. Tickets sell out in advance. The trains were decorated with lights inside and out and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
San Francisco Bay Area
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San Francisco Bay Area
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

People can ride the train of lights in the month of December, maybe the tail end of November. Tickets sell out in advance. The trains were decorated with lights inside and out and Santa Claus was walking through the train cars. One car was selling hot chocolate and snacks. Make sure to leave some time once you exit the train... More 

Thank Mouse1999
San Ramon, California
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112 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Riding the Niles railway is a trip back in time and always fun. We've done it many times. This section of railway is a historic ride through a beautiful canyon. Apparently it is the last section of the transcontinental railway to be completed. This is really a rolling museum. Throughout the year the the Pacific Locomotive Association has special events... More 

Thank awm1
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Niles Train, is for everyone that loves trains. On the Winter Holidays they run the "Train of Lights" which is a train where the exterior has been decorated with holiday lights. The "docents" are great people who love trains and like telling you about their train and talking traincars. There was ample parking at the train station for you... More 

1 Thank 28Spot
Fremont, California
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

It is nice to see a huge steam train with my family. Had a spectacular view of the vintage steam train and my daughter (3 yrs old) was so excited to see the huge. Had a good time with my family and friends.

Thank Gopala K
Fremont, California
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13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Riding this train is a great trip in getting a feel for what train traveling would have been like in our nations' history. Old Town Niles itself is also a wonderful weekend day trip experience.

Thank CaroleeBlake
San Anselmo, California
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52 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

We had tickets for the 7:30 train out of Sunol but my husband had hurt his back and wanted to try to get on the earlier train out of Niles. They were able to accommodate us with a friendly and helpful attitude. All the volunteers were friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic! The train ride was great! Every car is decorated inside... More 

Thank Annette K
Tappahannock, Virginia
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357 reviews
129 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

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 

1 Thank northernneckinn
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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114 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 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
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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 

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