Napa Valley Wine Train has been in operation since 1989. The wine train can carry nearly 400 passengers through the Napa Valley and usually makes two trips a day. The Napa Valley Wine Train is pulled by a 1950s era diesel engine and travels adjacent to highway 29 on a 3-hour trip through the valley. The train station is located at 1275 McKinstry Street, Napa, CA.
Roaring Camp Railroad offers two different tours to suit your tastes. The Roaring Camp & Big Trees is a steam-powered narrow-gauge line using Shay and Heisler locomotives. Starting at the Roaring Camp depot in Felton, California, the line runs up steep winding grades through the redwood forest to the top of nearby Bear Mountain. 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, CA.
Fillmore and Western Railway winds its way through the Heritage Valley, offering views of miles of orange, lemon, and avocado groves. The halfway point stopover is the town of Santa Paula, where passengers can enjoy lunch and explore before the return train trip. Fillmore & Western Railway 351 Santa Clara, Fillmore, California.
The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner travels along the California coast from San Luis Obispo and ends in San Diego. Some sections of the trip are inland. However, there are many sections where the train travels adjacent to the Pacific. Oceanview areas of the trip include Point Conception, Gaviota Coast, Santa Barbara Coast, North, and Central San Diego County coast.
The Fort Bragg Redwood Company originally built fort Bragg Skunk Train as the Fort Bragg Railroad in 1885. Today the Skunk Train takes passengers on a 40-mile trip from Fort Bragg on the coast to Willits. The train crosses numerous bridges and travels through two tunnels on the trip to Willits. Passengers enjoy miles of beautiful Northern California scenery with views of redwood trees.
Poway-Midland Railroad, while this trip may be short, it’s definitely worth checking out. Visitors can take a ride on a vintage 1907 Baldwin Steam Locomotive during the summer and holiday weekends. The rest of the year, the Poway-Midland Railroad uses a Los Angeles Yellow Trolley Car for trips around the park. On special occasions, a 1950 Fairmont Speeder can be seen rolling along the track.
Pacific Southwest Railway takes passengers on a 12-mile round-trip journey and the old San Diego & Arizona Railway track. A Diesel-electric locomotive pulls vintage passenger cars over this historic railroad route. There is also an excellent museum on-site with rolling stock and railroad artifacts. This train is a little off the beaten path but well worth the effort it takes to get there.
Niles Canyon Railroad operates along a portion of the First Transcontinental Railroad constructed in the 1860s. The railway runs excursions on Sundays year-round, usually every week during the summer and less frequently during the winter. Niles Canyon Railroad also operates special train excursions during the year, including wine tasting trains, beer tasting trains, holiday excursions, and summer school trains.
Yosemite Sugar Pine Railroad. The Sierra National Forest’s majestic woods provide the backdrop for the narrow gauge journey back in time. The two steam locomotives operate daily during the summer months. A “Jenny” railcar runs on the line during the off-season. Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad 56001 Hwy 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623.
Pulled by a diesel locomotive, the Sacramento River Train features two dining cars, a club car, a concession car, and two open-air cars. The train travels along the banks of the Sacramento River on a 28-mile route. Popular trips include Dinners, Great Train Robbery, Murder Mystery Dinner Theater.