Niles Canyon Railway

The Golden Spike Chapter of the Family Motor Coach Association is a group of RV enthusiasts who also love trains We were fortunate enough to join in their rally in Pleasonton California. We had 16 RVs and 32 people attending. Huge thank you to Dan St. John for organizing the event. We stayed at the Alameda County Fairgrounds RV Park and rode the Niles Canyon Railway which was operating a steam locomotive.

The railway operates on a historic route that was originally the westernmost segment of the first transcontinental railroad. The line through Niles Canyon connected Sacramento to Oakland and then by ferry to San Francisco. The National Park Service has designated the line as The Niles Canyon Transcontinental Railroad Historic District. It was completed in 1870 by mostly Chinese workers and is one the best preserved segments in the western US. The Central Pacific and Western Pacific railroads built the line which later became part of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Today the train runs from Sunol to Niles which is actually in the city of Fremont CA.

Link to the railway…
Skookum #7 built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1909
Golden Spike ladies on the train
#7 is an articulated 2-4-4-2 loco designed for tight turns
Our crew during COVID
Golden Spike friends
Pot luck on a chilly evening
End of train view
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6 Responses to Niles Canyon Railway

  1. Dan StJohn says:

    Nice presentation; great picture collection. Dan StJohn


  2. Sandy Sacco says:

    Always enjoy traveling with you. Happy Holidays and Happy Travels.


  3. Tony and Belinda says:

    Randy and Diane,
    Love the blog! You are motivating us to get our photos and notes pulled together! Our grandkids rode the Polar Express in Bryson City this past Monday so trains are a hot topic!
    Tony and Belinda


  4. Ken O'Brien says:

    Knew you guys couldn’t be tied to your brick and mortar for too long. Glad to see you out on the road again and posting the blog. I’m amazed that after so many years full timing there are still sights for you to explore. Shows there is so much to see. Be safe.


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  5. David Carpenter says:

    Looks like a lotta fun!
    David and Kathryn


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