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Railways (other than those in our yard at Christmas) are a great day out. Here are some local to us, and some photo's of some further afield having travelled on trains in England, Wales, Scotland, France, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.

Railways in the Bay Area

bulletNiles Canyon Railway (East Bay, 35 miles SE of SF, Weekends ONLY)
The Niles Canyon railway is a preserved line, operating steam and diesel locomotives on most Sundays. See the website for details of trains, times and specials. This is one of our favourite haunts when we want to take the children for a bit of fun in the afternoon - the train ride lasts about 1 hour 15 minutes through the canyon and costs about $10 per adult.
bulletRedwood Railway at Tilden Park (Berkeley Hills, 15 miles E of San Francisco)
See the website for details and operating times. In Tilden Park, also great for walks and picnics in the East Bay hills. The train ride lasts about 12 minutes and is a 15" gauge line (for those from England, the same as the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch railway - in fact, they have exchanged engines once or twice!). A lot of fun and a beautiful setting. Make sure you visit the roundhouse (right by the gate) where they have some photos and store the engines not in use on that day - one of the most interesting photos being of the railway running in the snow! A rare site!
bulletSan Francisco Cable Cars and Museum, Barn & Winding House
No introduction needed for the world famous cable cars, but make sure that you visit the winding house (FREE!). You can see the cables and motors and get a much better understanding of how it all works.
Whilst riding the cable cars, don't forget that the San Francisco Municipal Railway ("Muni") F Line on Market Street is a moving museum of historic street cars. It can be pretty crowded but it is worth a ride if you can. Visit the F-Line website for more details. 


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