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roaring camp railroad and other steam train

I was searching the forums for feedback on the Roaring Camp train. Hubby is a steam train addict and it sounds liek it might be fun.. In looking through old posts. .I came across this:

That's not to be confused with the steam train in the same park, which is a little more famous. Catch that one if you can.

What other steam train is there in that area?

Also, is the boardwalk worth visiting this time of year (jan 7-8) or is everything closed. .

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1. Re: roaring camp railroad and other steam train

You might luck out and visit the Swanton Pacific Railroad

http://sprr.calpoly.edu/

It runs the steam engines from the Pan-Pacific Exposition

also, Niles Canyon runs their great steam engines some weekends

http://www.ncry.org/

also fun is the Western Rail Museum, who runs electric interurban cars (not steam, but fun for RR lovers.)

http://www.wrm.org/

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2. Re: roaring camp railroad and other steam train

Roaring Camp has 2 different train rides, so why you might be confused.

http://www.roaringcamp.com/steamtrain

http://www.roaringcamp.com/beachtrain

Also nearby Gilroy Gardens has a nice Train ride, but nothing as nice as the Roaring Camp Trains.

gilroygardens.org/play/rides-and-attractions/

And for your husband, let me share a Tender Ride Video from the Knott's Berry Farm Steam Train I got earlier this week (and a Big Thanks to a TA DE, RR who got me the ride!)

…smugmug.com/Theme-Parks/…1651703421_k4Rpp9F

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3. Re: roaring camp railroad and other steam train

Wow! that was cool. . Knotts Berry is too far for us this trip .. since only a long weekend . .but both that and Disneyland are on our "bucket list" while son is doing his residency there (although I suspect he's never gonna leave . .it is such a beautiful place to live

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4. Re: roaring camp railroad and other steam train

Disneyland also offer a tender ride most days on its Steam Engines. A bit different, as you are strapped in with a Seat Belt. Just go to the Main Street Station and ask (limited availability, first come, first serve).

Also available is the Lilly Belle Caboose at Disneyland, the best place to get that ride is going to City Hall and asking.

And I should say, the Knott's Tender Ride is not normally available to park guests.

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5. Re: roaring camp railroad and other steam train

As for Roaring Camp, Darkbeer has given you the URLs for the steam train which uses historic engines and goes up into the mountains and the one which traverses Henry Cowell Redwoods and ends up at the Boardwalk in town.

Here is the Boardwalk website which can give you schedules. It runs on a limited schedule from Labor Day to Memorial Day except for certain holidays and spring breaks. On weekends, the games may be open on weekends during the slow periods but the rides not. Look at the schedule.

http://beachboardwalk.com/

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6. Re: roaring camp railroad and other steam train

Thanks! I've bookmarked all 3 of those for future trips . Hubby is really interested in the PolySci museum & railroad. .but they're not running trains this weekend. .

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7. Re: roaring camp railroad and other steam train

Roaring Camp is awesome! Your husband would love the rail museum at Sacramento too. In the town of Sonoma is TrainTown. The trains are exact replicas. They have a steam train in the roundhouse, but I've never seen them use it. I don't know if small gauge trains interest him.

Edited: 10:01 pm, January 02, 2012
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8. Re: roaring camp railroad and other steam train

ANY real trains interest him..we're pretty set on Roaring Camp for this trip ..we will have to check out the museum in Saramento as well . not sure exactly how far Sacremento is from Palo Alto .. and this is just a long weekend

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9. Re: roaring camp railroad and other steam train

Sacramento is about 2 hours from Palo Alto, traffic conditions vary. If you want an overnight trip, head up into the Sierra and visit the second section of the California State Railroad Museum at Railtown. It is in Jamestown, by Sonora, and has the recently rebuilt #3, the Hooterville Cannonball (for those of us old enough to get the reference :) )

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10. Re: roaring camp railroad and other steam train

You will also really enjoy Old Town Sacramento where the rail museum is located. Roaring Camp is also a beautiful setting right next to the Henry Cowell Redwood State Park, You can literally step across the railroad tracks & you're there. If Roaring Camp is crowded it is closer to park at the State Park. There's a fee to park there, but this helps keeps our parks open.

Have fun!