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
|Niles 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.
|Redwood 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!
|San Francisco Cable Cars and
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.