August 9-11, 2019
A weekend to step back in time in and around historic Niles
Steam train rides Saturday and Sunday
A special weekend celebrating the role of the Niles District of Fremont, CA in railroading presented by Niles Canyon Railway, Niles Depot Museum, Pacific Bus Museum and the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum.
Together each bringing you a weekend full of fun, nostalgic, and historic adventures. From special presentations and films starting Friday evening at the Essanay Silent Film Museum to steam powered train rides Saturday and Sunday on the NCRy. Special bus transportation available at an extra cost between the Niles Canyon Railway’s Niles Station and downtown main street Niles. Once in downtown, train passengers can take advantage of special matinee movie showings all weekend at the Essanay Museum with their bus & movie wristband. Additionally, visitors can take some time to visit the Niles Depot and Model Railroad Museum and shop or dine in downtown Niles. The Essanay Museum will have additional evening movie showings Saturday and Sunday, but these will be after the bus transportation has ended and the steam train has left for the day. Visitors will need to provide their own transportation to and from the film museum.
Choose your boarding location to start your experience aboard our vintage steam train. Boarding in Sunol often limits our passengers the time to visit Niles. Should you decide to step back in time and stroll historic Niles; a bus awaits you in Niles/Fremont station to take you to and from Main Street to explore. We have added special steam train rides on Saturday and will offer our regular Sunday steam trains from each NCRy station throughout the weekeknd with the last one-way departure from our Niles/Fremont station to Sunol at 5:20 PM on Saturday and 3:20 PM on Sunday. Information about schedules and faires available here.
With a mainline railroad between our Fremont/Niles station and downtown Niles, the only safe way to travel between the two locations is on the roadways that circle around and under the railroad. Construction on Sullivan Underpass is not yet a safe pedestrian alternative so the bus is your alternative for this special weekend. The combination bus transportation and matinee movie pass wristbands can be purchased from our Niles Canyon Railway ticket agents and the Essanay Film Museum for $10 per person.