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“A great day.”
Review of Skunk Train

Skunk Train
Ranked #1 of 7 Tours in Fort Bragg
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Owner description: A 40-mile train ride through the redwood forests of northern California. Depart Willits on the Highway 101 corridor or Fort Bragg on the Mendocino Coast. All trips are round-trip and travel from either Fort Bragg or Willits to the mid-point of the railroad "Northspur" and return. Trips are about 4 hours in length.
Fresno, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A great day.”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

This is a great trip for train buffs, for redwood watchers, and just anyone who wants a relaxed few hours. The train winds through the forest and crosses the Noyo River many times. Of course there is place at the turn around where lunch can be bought and gifts garnered. Great gift shop at the station, too.

Visited August 2013
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La Crescenta, California
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“Skunk Train Full Round Trip Run Now Open: A Must Do!”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

Wow, what a day! We were on the 2nd passenger train through the damaged Tunnel #1 on the Skunk Train run from Willits, CA to Ft Bragg, CA after an all summer long recovery effort from a collapse inside the tunnel just west of Ft. Bragg, the Skunk Train is now able to offer their historic rides. The full Round Trip run is the only way to go. But I did hear that the shorter 1/2 day trips might be better with small children. The ride in the open car is really impressive, providing an almost 360 degree where ever you are on the run. I spent 90% of my time standing in that car so I would not miss any of the fantastic views, especially the really old (1000 yr old) Redwoods. While the Yolo River, which the tracks follow most of the way, is very, very low in August, the grandeur of riding through the Redwoods is just great. You cannot drive a car and get views like those on this railroad.

Saturday, August 17, was the 1st day that passenger trains were allowed through the repaired tunnel after the collapse in April, 2013 After driving up to Willits from Los Angeles the day before, we were thrilled that the anticipated opening really happened. The staff of the Skunk Train were fantastic in their support for our party of four. When an equipment failure delayed our scheduled departure from Willits for a couple of hours, they automatically rescheduled our entire trip, comprised of four train segments so we could have this unique experience and really went out of their way to make sure we had a great day. They even served us the Tri Tip BBQ dinner at the 1/2 way point, Northspur, which was not part of our original schedule.

Also not a part of our original plan, we found out that the Cab Ride option was still available. So, I was able to ride in the cab of the Diesel Engine for the return segment from Willits to Northspur. This is limited to one passenger only (extra fee) per segment. Now THAT is a dream fulfilled and well worth the extra fare for the experience.

This is a family owned/operated enterprise that really caters to their customers. They also go to great lengths to support their local residents. Each member of the staff performs multiple roles to keep things running. In addition to providing jobs for many, many folks, they are a big part of the community. Our thanks, especially to Cam, Britt, Dennis, and all the rest of the staff who really hustled to make this Skunk Train a memorable adventure.

This Full Day Round Trip was truly a full day adventure. So much to see and learn.

For an additional comment, we drove from Los Angeles to Willits on Friday, Did the Skunk Train on Saturday, and returned to Los Angeles on Sunday. It is doable and highly recommended if you are limited in time and cannot stay in the Willits/Ft Bragg area longer.

Go For It! This adventure is for more than just train buffs. (The Steam engine was not running) Also, because of the early equipment problem and the reschedule, we were fortunate to ride the regular diesel train for three of the four segments and the self propelled Motor Car for the final segment. A special treat.for us.

Visited August 2013
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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Short but sweet”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

Some work on the track kept the tours through the middle of August to just 1 hour round trip. The trip is scenic and beautiful. The train singer is awesome. Always smiling and happy.

Visited August 2013
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San Diego
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Short but sweet ride”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

Tunnel 1 was closed when we were in Ft. Bragg, so the Skunk Train was only running a coupe of miles out of town and returning - about one hour total. It was fun, though, seeing the big trees and hearing the live entertainment on board.

Visited August 2013
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Durham, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Skunk Train”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

I was happy to share the skunk train with my 8 year old granddaughter and hope one day we could bring the rest of the kids and grandchildren back. sad that it wasnt the four hours but the tunnel had a cave in but it will be repair soon.

Visited July 2013
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