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Laborfest: All Aboard the Niles Canyon Steam Train

Sunday, July 07, 2013
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Location Details:
Meet at Niles Station - 37001 Mission Blvd, Fremont, California
Direction from I-880 Fremont:
- Exit onto Mowry Ave. Fremont, Continue NE toward hills
- Turn left at the light at the end of Mowry onto Mission Blvd. Continue west to Sullivan Underpass. Turn left to the station parking lot.

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.

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;
Train will be back to the Niles station by 4:00 PM

Notes of Interest: The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum was established in 2001 as a resource center for the history of Niles, for the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company western division, for pioneering film companies of the San Francisco Bay Area and for silent films in general. The Pacific Locomotive Association,,runs excursion train rides through Niles Canyon on the historic Niles Canyon Railway, transcontinental gateway to the San Francisco Bay.

Parking for Saturday and Sunday is available either at: 1) the depot parking lot, located at the corner of the Sullivan Underpass and Mission Boulevard; 2) the parking lot next to the Plaza on Niles Boulevard; 3) or street parking or the parking lot across from the Museum. The distance between the depot and the Museum is a short seven-minute walk.

Tickets for both the train and the Museum film screenings can be purchased online through the Museum’s PayPal account (with a minimal convenience fee) or by phone during the regular weekend tour hours of 12 - 4 PM, Saturday/Sunday, or the day of the event at respective locations for the train ride and the Museum film screening (but there is very limited seating; please reserve your tickets in advance to assure yourself a seat). Tickets are needed for everyone but babes-in-arms. If there are any questions, please email Rena at pr [at]

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