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October 7, 2009 > Train of Lights

Train of Lights

By Karen L. Kadaja

Experience the magic of a brightly decorated holiday train, covered with thousands of lights, as it winds through Niles Canyon on a 75-minute round-trip ride either from the Niles District in Fremont to Sunol or from Sunol to the Niles District in Fremont and return. Niles Canyon Railway proudly invites you to join them for the 2009 Train of Lights. Tickets go on sale Monday, October 12 at 10 a.m. online. Tickets are limited so order early at Price is $25 for ages three and older. Passengers will be able to pick, from available dates, specific times from which to purchase their tickets. Trains run Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays starting November 27 through December 27, no trains will run on December 24 or December 25. Trains will run out of Niles at 4:15 p.m.and 6:45 p.m. and at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m out of Sunol.

The Train of Lights began in 1990 as a thank you excursion for our members. Lights were attached to a railcar and off into the canyon it went. Passer-bys driving the canyon saw this and then contacted us asking what it was and how could they be a part of it. In 1991, a short article appeared in the SF Chronicle and about 2,000 people showed up. Word has it we simply did not expect that kind of response. We stayed late into the night, about 11:30 p.m. to ensure everyone who showed up for a ride got one, and thus began the Train of Lights. Our current General Manager, Dexter Day, also known as Dr. Christmas, is the founder of the Train of Lights. For this annual event nearly three months are spent decorating the trains.

Train of Lights
November 27 - December 27
Tickets go on sale October 12

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