We were lucky enough to ride on the inaugural run in 2010 and as a local I enjoyed the unique view of the city as well as the part of the trip that goes into the wetlands.
It was also interesting to see the transitions of the route....you start in downtown, go further uptown, switch the engine to go back through town and into the wetlands, then turn around again and back to the middle of the line! My husband and son loved watching the engine change from front to back (twice!) but the small kids got bored sitting in a field or lumberyard waiting to move again.
Overall it was kind of pricey ($13/adults, $7 kids 3 and up) for just a trip up and down the line, but for elementary school age kids, locals, and/or train enthusiasts it's worth it!
At the time we visited you were supposed to be able to make reservations ahead, but we just showed up. There is an open car, that is just picnic tables on a flatbed, a traditional coach (with seat backs that still flip!), and a caboose that is special reservation only and costs extra to ride.
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