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August 26, 2014 > Railroad Fair comes to Ardenwood

Railroad Fair comes to Ardenwood

Submitted By Bruce MacGregor

Labor Day weekend will once again resonate with the sound of steam locomotive whistles at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont. The three-day Washington Township Railroad Fair is sponsored by the Society for the Preservation of Carter Railroad Resources (SPCRR). SPCRR operates trains at the Ardenwood Historic Farm during the season using a draft horse to pull the train, but for this special event, trains will be pulled by a historic steam locomotive.

There will be two steam engines at the Farm for the event: the Antelope & Western #1 built by H. K. Porter, Inc. in 1889 and Cortez Mining Co #1, built by the same company in 1890. Both engines burn coal. Trains will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on all three days, traveling between the Arden station and Deer Park.

Rail Fair is like going back in time when the mode of transportation was a relaxing trip by train rather than having to drive the horse and wagon, walk, ride a horse or ride a stagecoach, said SPCRR General Manager Barbara Culp. ÒLuxury in travel in that era.Ó

In addition to the steam trains, there will be handcar rides, a rail car restoration exhibit, and an exhibit of early day gas engines and equipment by the Gas Engine & Tractor Association. A modular model railroad layout, built by the California Central Coast On30 group, will be on display and two G scale garden layouts, one by the Diablo Pacific Shortline Garden RR and another called the Roving Garden Railroad. The Bay Area Garden Railway Society will also be running G scale live steam locomotives.

Musical entertainment during the event will be provided by the Diasporta Swamp Boys, East Bay Stompers, and the Apple Butter Brothers. Historic Patterson House will be open for tours, and members of the Golden Gate Music Box Society will be present to share their favorite music boxes. Activities especially for children include a hobo game, farm animals, and country kitchen. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase a lunch from DinoÕs Grill (Newark), which will serve onsite at the Ardenwood Cafˇ during the event.

Tickets are available at the gate. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors (62+) and $5 for children, ages 4-17. Children age three and under are free. Parking is also free. For more information, visit

Washington Township Railroad Fair
Saturday, Aug 30 Ð Monday, Sep 1
10 a.m. Ð 4 p.m.
Ardenwood Historic Farm
34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont
(510) 796-0663
Tickets: $10 adults, $6 seniors (62+), $5 children (4-17), three and under free
Free parking

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