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August 29, 2017 > All aboard for Rail Fair

All aboard for Rail Fair

Submitted By Julie Boyer

Bring the whole family to Ardenwood Historic Farm for the 18th annual Rail Fair on Labor Day weekendÑSaturday, Sunday, and Monday, September 2 Ð 4Ñfor a day filled with trains, music, local history, farm animals, food, and more trains! There is something for everybody no matter what age, making Rail Fair the perfect outing for friends and families. All activities are free with the price of admission. The Rail Fair is a fundraiser for The Railroad Museum at Ardenwood operated by the Society for the Preservation of Carter Railroad Resources (SPCRR).

There will be unlimited steam train rides all weekend behind the Ann Marie, a restored 1890 Porter that was originally built for a gold and silver mine in Nevada. And the farmyard will be full of model trains! The Bay Area Garden Railway Society (BAGRS) will bring their large layout, which includes locomotives that run on live steam; the BAGRS are also bringing the beautiful Roving Garden Railroad that includes live plants and a real waterfall. Kids will also have fun following trains around the huge Diablo Pacific Short Line Garden Railroad layout. The California Central Coast On30 Modelers will also have their large operating layout on display.

The Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association is bringing a variety of historical, power-driven machinery showcasing 19th and early 20th century farm equipment.

Kids will especially have fun at the Rail Fair! Children ages 6 and under can play with wooden train layouts, run through the Toot-A-Loo Tunnels, read train-themed books, and use child-sized tools in two tool time activities: The Art of Hammering and ÒBuilding with Nuts and Bolts. Families can join together for the Hobo Game, a train-themed scavenger hunt with a special treat at the end for kids 4 Ð 17 years old.

The Patterson House will be open for tours throughout the day, and the farm has animals to visit and places to explore, including the outdoor Country Kitchen, and the collection of antique farm equipment.

There will be some of our historic railroad cars and equipment on exhibit at the Ardenwood Station yards, including a new hand car exhibit that includes our newly restored 1906 Buda hand car.

Of course, a day at the farm isnÕt complete without a special lunch or snack, and the Farmyard Cafˇ has a special menu just for Rail Fair. You can also bring your own lunch and have a picnic on the lawn or picnic tables at the Deer Park or the E-I-O picnic areas.

And theres music too! Once again, the Southbay Diaspora Swampboys will entertain on Saturday, The Apple Butter Brothers on Sunday, and J. Haskeys Calliope is unconfirmed at press time, but we hope he will be at the park to entertain everyone all three days.

Wear sunscreen, hats, and comfortable walking shoes as the activities are spread throughout the park.

NOTE: Activities vary daily. All activities and times for each day will be included in the event handout, available at the park entrance each day. For the most up-to-date information, visit the SPCRR Facebook page at, and our website at

Admission is $12 for adults (18+), $8 for seniors (62+), $7 for children (4Ð17), and ages three and under are free Tickets are sold at the entrance. Cash and credit cards accepted.

Rail Fair
Saturday, Sep 2 Ð Monday, Sep 4
10 a.m. Ð 4 p.m.
Ardenwood Historic Farm
34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont
(510) 544-2797
Admission: $12 adults (18+), $8 seniors (62+), $7 children (4Ð17), three and under free
Free parking
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