September 7-8, 2019

NCRy Celebrates the True Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad

“Steam in the Canyon”

Ride behind two iconic
Mallet locomotives


Clover Valley Lumber Company 2-6-6-2T #4 and Columbia River Belt Line Railway 2-4-4-2 #7

It’s our turn to let the Bay Area in on the historic opportunity to celebrate the all important 150th Anniversary of the connection between the Central Pacific Railroad and the Union Pacific Railroad through Niles Canyon from Sacramento to Oakland (Alameda) on September 6, 1869

The Niles Canyon Railway is the only railroad that runs on the original and best preserved alignment of the Transcontinental Railroad, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This last link is historically important for the surrounding communities we serve, as their very existence and sustained growth was predicated on the railway passing through them. It is also historically important for the Railroad Community locally and nationwide.

Pro RailFan Event Saturday Morning Sept 7th
Train Departure: 10:00 a.m.

The NCRy Pro Railfan Event offers the serious railfan an exclusive opportunity to ride behind two iconic standard gauge Mallet locomotives, the 2-6-6-2T Clover Valley Lumber Company #4 and the 2-4-4-2 Columbia River Belt Line Railway #7, better known as the Skookum through Niles Canyon.

This event is limited to 150 passengers, and will include on board morning beverages, croissants with multiple photo run-bys in Historic Niles Canyon on the final link of the Transcontinental Railroad, opened in September of 1869.

Once we return to Niles the locomotive will again take water and reset for the next operations. Included with your fare is a 1:00 p.m. lunch prepared by the Niles Canyon Railway Commissary team in the Niles Station Garden, as well as some special souvenirs commemorating your visit.

Serious Railfans

For those interested who want more railroad exposure, we will make a guided tour of Brightside Yard available after lunch to the passengers on this train. This tour will be limited to 30 people and will cost an additional $30. You will get an opportunity to see many additional pieces of our historic collection, including some that haven’t been seen publicly for many years. Drive your vehicle to Brightside Yard and meet one of our experienced volunteers.

Families & Novice Railfan Event Saturday Afternoon Sept 7th Train Departure: 1:30 p.m.

In celebration of this historic event, the Niles Canyon Railway wants to introduce Bay Area families to the excitement and joys of being a railfan. Railfanning is similar to the activity known in Great Britain as Train Spotting. Families worldwide make stopping at historic or interesting rail destinations an important part of their vacation activities. There are thousands of interesting locations, of which the Niles Canyon Railway is near the top of everyone’s list!

Families (or even individuals) attending this event will learn about the joys of railfanning, and how to do it safely and with maximum benefits. There is no better way to experience it then actually riding on a train!

The NCRy Family Railfan Event is an exclusive opportunity to ride behind two iconic standard gauge Mallet locomotives, the 2-6-6-2T Clover Valley Lumber Company #4 and the 2-4-4-2 Columbia River Belt Line Railway #7, better known as the Skookum through Niles Canyon.

Plan to arrive at 11:45 a.m. to check in with the ticket agents. Included in your fare is a noon lunch prepared by the Niles Canyon Railway Commissary team in the Niles Station Garden, as well as some special souvenirs commemorating your visit.

Standard Schedule Steam Trains
Sunday September 8th                                 

Departures: Sunol Depot 
10:30am  2:30pm  2:30pm 

Departures: Niles/Fremont Station  
11:20am 1:20pm 3:20pm**                                                           **Last train from Niles/Fremont is one-way to Sunol and does not return to Niles/Fremont.