The history of trains in Niles Canyon dates back to the building of the original transcontinental railroad 1863-1869. The first Western Pacific Railroad Company (formed in 1862) started construction in San Jose towards Sacramento. Steam locomotives pulled trains through Niles Canyon for eighty years before diesels took over in the 1950’s. All trains have enclosed coaches, open cars, and covered open cars for your selection.
We will have live music with the Spirit of ‘29 Dixieland Jazz Band.
2:00 PM Meet at Niles Station - 37001 Mission Boulevard, Fremont
- You must arrive by no later than this time even with tickets already purchased. Don't be disappointed if the train is full!
Please reserve your tickets in advance to assure yourself a seat.
Fares are $7 for children age 3 through 12 (Infants through age 2 ride free) $10 for Seniors age 62 and older, and $12 for everyone else.
For info: call 510-494-1411
Pacific Locomotive Association: 925-862-9063
√ Trains leave ON TIME
√ Seating is first-come, first-served
√ Trains run in any weather - dress appropriately
2:20 PM Train Ride (1.5 hour excursion)
After the train ride, make your way to the Edison Theater (home of the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum,) located at 37417 Niles Boulevard, Fremont; http://www.nilesfilmmuseum.org
Train will be back to the Niles station by 4:00 PM
4:15 PM Historian Laurence Shoup, author of a number of articles and four books, including Rulers and Rebels: A People’s History of Early California 1769-1901, will present on the 1894 Pullman strike in California, which saw the largest and most intense mass strike in state history up to that point in time.
See also: http://rulersandrebels.com/about/ http://www.kansasheritage.org/pullman/ http://www.californiahistorian.com/articles/pullman-strike.html http://www.laborfest.net/2013/NileTrain.htm