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Upcoming SP 2472 steam operations...

Over Labor Day Weekend we bring out the Big Guns!

SP 2472! One of the largest steam locomotives west of the Mississippi!
August 30 and September 1, 2014

Grab your friends and family and come out for a ride behind a vintage steam locomotive, Southern Pacific No. 2472, as the train travels through scenic Niles Canyon.  What better way to get away from it all over a holiday weekend than enjoying the comfort of a train?

The train will run two days over Labor Day Weekend.  There will be three round trip departures each day from the Niles Canyon Railway Sunol Depot.
  • Saturday 8/30: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm
  • Monday 9/1: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm

Tickets are available online at our ticket page.  

Adult tickets start at $20.  Tickets for children 12 and under are $10.  A special family fare is available that includes two adult and two child tickets for $45.  Reserved lounge seating is available for $30.

Coach and Open Car Seating

A trip in Coach Class is a great way to enjoy your journey. Grab a spot in one of the open-air cars and sit back, relax and feel the wind in your hair as you travel through beautiful Niles Canyon. Coach Class is excellent option for families as well as there is plenty of seats to sit together as an entire family.

  • Unreserved seating is available in historic “Harriman” coaches or family-friendly open-air cars
  • Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase
  • Handicapped access is limited
Reserved Seating
21 and over, ID required

Reserved seating is available in our restored Art Deco Lounge, the Neil M. Vodden. This car has been refurbished to its 1940’s appearance and features air conditioning and a circular mahogany beverage bar framed by etched glass and mirrors.  View photos and details about this vintage car here

  • Access to all open air cars, coaches and snack bar car
  • Beer and wine available for purchase
  • 21 and over, ID required
  • Sorry, the Lounge is not ADA accessible

This weekend we will also be featuring our restored Fairbanks-Morse locomotive SP 1487. FM used its successful line of submarine diesel engines to enter the locomotive market in 1947. This unusual engine has a unique sound.

GGRM is one of the few museums in the country to operate a restored FM. Come see SP 1487 in action along with the 2472!

  SP 1487 at the crossing SP 1487 runby

Join the Niles Canyon Artisans at the Autumn Steam Train Weekend

This event is sponsored by the Pacific Locomotive Association and the GGRM as a fundraiser to support the continued restoration of our historic artifacts and rail line.

Please Note: Schedules are adhered to as closely as possible, but the railroad reserves the right to alter schedules, substitute coaches and/or motive power as operating conditions demand. There are a limited number of Train Tickets available. Unsold tickets will be available at the station on a first come basis. We strongly recommend pre-purchasing your ticket in advance. No refund or exchanges on tickets unless ticketed train does not operate.
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