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“Nice real steam train ride”
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Sugar Cane Train
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Owner description: A singing conductor takes you on a 6-mile tour of Maui's sugar cane history.
New Jersey
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Nice real steam train ride”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

Well it surely is not as bad as people describe. For those who give one star, try the Atlantis Submarine in Maui. Talking about getting bored and ripped off for 2 hours!

This is a truly working steam train (using oil instead of coal). Clean and neat. Very hard to find in East Coast as many alleged steam train rides in that region are actually pulled/pushed by diesel engines.

From Lahaina, you'd see the real turn-table in action. The train is open air w/ roof, with live music. The scenery is decent except the part near Lahaina (back of parking lots et al).

On the return trip, you'd be able to see the train getting water from a water tower (imagine Thomas & Friends in real life!), plus a big steam woosh on a wooden bridge. It's pretty cool. Again, live music on the return trip.

My tip is to get some shave ice and enjoy the train in the afternoon (when it is more windy and thus making the ride a little cooler).

Visited September 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Train fans all aboard!”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

Our son is slightly train obsessed. We came for his 3rd birthday and he was just stoked to see the steam train. It was great getting explanations of the history, etc. All visitors liked seeing the train turn around as well. Souvenirs were decently priced as well. Chairs were a bit hard( we did a quick round trip) and it was a nice touch to have the ukelele. A bit expensive for a family activity though, but if your kid loves trains, it's a must! Nice views and it was good to have the fruit and refreshment stand at the starting point.

Visited September 2013
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Auburn, California
Level 6 Contributor
378 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“No more sugar cane to see but all aboard!!”
Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

The most interesting thing was the historic steam engine hour ride. The person on the train talking about the history of the train was drowned out by the noisy engine. Sit in the last car-- far away from the engine. The view of the ocean was the most breathtaking not the non existent sugar cane fields. When I could hear the guide, there was a lot of good Hawaii history. The $22.95 was a bit pricey but we had a $2 off coupon. It helped a little bit. I liked their t-shirts in the gift shop. Reasonably priced. It would be a bit pricey for a family with 4 kids unless they are under 13 they are free ($15.95 each)and two adults ($22.95) each. I think little kids will enjoy this train ride.

Visited August 2013
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Abilene, Texas, Usa
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Don't waste your money”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

With a family of six we tried to spend our money on attractions that are fund nd worth our money. This was not it. It is way overpriced for what you get. We spent $125 for a 60 minute ride that goes up and down the same highway that we travelled every day on our vacation. It parallels the road to our hotel. My kids are ages 17, 15, 12 & 9. The three older ones had a very expensive nap. The youngest one stayed awake but said he did not like the ride. If the prices were a lot lower like maybe $5 per ticket it would be worth a train ride with no scenic views. We did get to see some of the housing of the island that you don't see from the resorts, the good and the bad. The employees were really nice but for the prices they're charging. It's definitely not worth it.

Visited August 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“cute for kids”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

We took the SCT to Lahaina because we thought it would be cute, and it was. It drops off in a bad spot, you have to walk (we had a stroller and bags) quite a ways to get to front street. The people working there however are the nicest people.

Visited July 2013
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