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Niles Canyon Railway

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Address: 6 Kilkare Rd, Niles Station, Fremont, CA
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+1 510-996-8420

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Train ride

This is a wonderful relaxing ride and you get to see sights you don't normally see when driving through the canyon! It's so amazing, I love it!

Reviewed 3 days ago
Janice A
Fremont, California
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Fremont, California
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28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a wonderful relaxing ride and you get to see sights you don't normally see when driving through the canyon! It's so amazing, I love it!

Thank Janice A
San Francisco, Ca
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38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Really fun to ride on this vintage train and enjoy the scenery in beautiful Niles Canyon. The old train cars are reminiscent of the old west and the pace is slow so you can enjoy the ride.

Thank kbwsanfrancisco
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 February 2017

This was a family event that I heard from my coworker (who lives 20 miles away) did and insisted on doing. I did it with my 1 year old and we were all snuggled up who fell asleep in my arms, during the hour-long (?) ride outside. Wear your hat, gloves and sit back and sip your home-made hot cocoa.... More 

Thank Char D
Oakley, California
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35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Our family does this every year and started making this our holiday tradition. Train of lights is usually a good experience. Our family usually goes out of Niles Canyon the 4:30 pm train but with the popularity of this attraction we were only able to get the 7:30 pm train out of Sunol.. This was the worst time we had.... More 

Thank L B
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6 reviews
Reviewed 15 November 2016

I remember traveling on the train from L.A. to Berkeley in 1948 the clickety, click , the sleeper car and the delicious food. Again i traveled from Fremont to Toronto in 1960. For a wonderful summer trip thru Niles Canyon with a sip of wine and little snacks, on the Halloween train or for the grandchildren the Santa train with... More 

Thank 584shirleya
Pleasanton, California
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805 reviews
543 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 690 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

This is not an authentically restored historic ride but it is not a regular train either. It's something in the middle. However, you'll see a beautiful canyon, we'll be exposed to a lot of history and everyone around you - both the fellow riders and the volunteers are having so much fun and enjoying the ride - it makes it... More 

Thank heckfy
Fremont, California
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5,167 reviews
3,341 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

It was a summer day and we enjoyed the Niles Canyon Railway. The train was full of happy people. Its nice to ride on a warm summer day. The train runs between Fremont and Sunol as an excursion train. They also have a polar express train for the Christmas holiday time.

Thank mini
Level Contributor
29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

This train ride through Niles Canyon is awesome! It's so festive during the holidays, as the colorfully lit train winds around each of the canyon's curves.

Thank Donna S
Fremont, California
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23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

We took the Christmas train with our friends just Before Sunset. On the way back it was dark and the whole train lit up. It was absolutely fun and fantastic with Christmas music, a snack bar, Santa Clause, young children and families having a wonderful time. There are different kinds of cars those inclosed and open-air cars. The atmosphere was... More 

Thank Jean B
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016

Though it is short journey, nature along the way is good. We went in winter, hopefully it will be much better in spring and summer. Go early to get seats with best view. Open air cars are good. Overall all cars are maintained cleanly.

Thank ckanth99

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