California has a rich railroading history, from the first railways to reach the state and bring adventurers from the East, to the use of trains for mining and logging operations. Today, California has a wide range of railroad companies operating tours, vintage rail car rides, dinner trains, and special train events around the state.
Pacific Southwest Railway & Museum Tours
Located in Campo, California, just minutes away from the California-Mexico border, the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum offers weekend excursions around the Campo Valley and to Tecate, Mexico. The depot is also home to a railway museum with exhibits featuring vintage rail cars, equipment and memorabilia.
State Highway 94 & Forrest Gate Road
Campo, CA 91906
Fillmore & Western Railway
This unique railway has been featured in many movies and offers scenic weekday and weekend train rides on vintage trains, plus family dinner train rides, murder mystery dinner trains, seasonal train excursions and popular special events, including the North Pole Express train and an annual New Year's Eve party.
250 Central Avenue
Fillmore, CA 93015
Roaring Camp & Big Trees Railroads
Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, just minutes away from local beaches, outdoor activities and family attractions, Roaring Camp & Big Trees Railroad is a historic narrow gauge railway offering trips through the redwoods and to the beach. Roaring Camp features plenty of fun for the whole family and offers several special events and themed train rides throughout the year.
5355 Graham Hill Road
Felton, CA 95018
Yosemite Mount Sugar Pine Railroad
This restored narrow gauge railway takes passengers on a four-mile journey through California's majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. Visitors can choose to take a one-hour ride on the historic Logger Steam Train or a 30-minute tour on a vintage Jenny Railcar. In addition to its regular train tours, the Yosemite Mount Sugar Pine Railroad offers moonlight train trips, melodrama train tours and group train charters.
56001 Highway 41
Fish Camp, CA 93623
Napa Wine Train
The popular Napa Valley Wine Train takes passengers on a three-hour lunch or dinner tour from Napa, through California's scenic Napa Valley, to the historic city of St. Helena. Passengers can relax in vintage Pullman dining and lounge cars and take in the view as they enjoy a gourmet meal and taste some of Napa's best wines. The Napa Wine Train also offers several special train events throughout the year, including a vintner's lunch, appellation dinner and winemaker's dinner.
1275 McKinstry Street
Napa, CA 94559