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Niles Canyon Railway at California

Niles Canyon Railway

5550 Niles Canyon Rd, Sunol, California, 94586
Category: Activities
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Niles Canyon Railway

Niles Canyon Railway as a living history museum interpreting the influence of heritage railroads in the growth of California. Located in historic Niles, this museum offers exhibits that bring the history of America's western railroads to life, including historic steam and diesel locomotives and cars. The trains in Niles Canyon date back to the original transcontinental railroad that reached into Alameda Creek canyon in 1866. Almost 122 years after the first Western Pacific excursion, the Pacific Locomotive Association brought railroad operations back to Niles Canyon. Today, you can ride the Niles Canyon Railway between Sunol and Niles in Fremont, California.



  • April - August - Niles: 11:20 am - 3:20 pm; Sunol: 10:30 - 3:30 pm
  • September - October - Niles: 11:20 am - 1:20 pm; Sunol: 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Prices -

    Adults: $10; Children (3-12): $5, Seniors: $8


    • Train of Lights
    • 4th of July Celebration & Parade
    • Livermore Valley Wine
      Tasting Specials
    • Education Trains


    • Train Rides
    • Train Exhibits
    • Wine Tasting Excursions
    • Sightseeing
    • Charters

Train Rides

Operating along part of the First Transcontinental Railroad built in the 1860s, which connected San Francisco with the rest of the country, and located in the East Bay, Niles Canyon Railway is an historic railroad with rides on old steam and diesel locomotives from Sunol and Niles. The Niles Canyon line had been a main route to and from San Francisco Bay. Today, passengers can ride these vintage trains on Sundays March through October. Hop on the first train at Fremont at 1:20 am, grab lunch in the quaint town of Sunol and head back on the last train at 3:20 pm for a relaxed afternoon of sightseeing.

Special Train Events

The Niles Canyon Railway offers special excursions and events throughout the year including the Train of Lights, an enchanting holiday train ride that runs from after Thanksgiving until just after Christmas. Enjoy a relaxed tour of the canyon as you sip Livermore Valley Wines and enjoy gourmet cuisine. The Niles Canyon Railway Livermore Valley Wine Tasting Special is a 2-hour train ride with wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres and amazing scenery for $37.50 a ticket and includes a personal NCRY Wine glass.


  • How long does the train ride take?

    The railroad trip through the canyon is a fun and nostalgic adventure through the beautiful hills and streams - from the funky train station in Sunol to the old movie town of Niles. The 13-mile roundtrip excursion takes about 1.5 hours. If you have time, stroll through historic Niles to the unique shops and cafes and the Niles Essanay Silent Film museum - a must see for Charlie Chaplin fans.
  • Is their food or snacks on the train?

    Coffee, drinks and snacks are offered on board the trains for purchase. You can also bring your own food and beverages to enjoy on your adventures. You’ll find many casual restaurants and cafés in the charming towns of Sunol and Fremont.

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