RyPN Briefs March 17, 2006
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Enjoy Springtime Aboard the Fifth Annual Scenic Limited Trains
Take a real ride into history when the Western Railway Museum operates the fifth annual "Scenic Limited" trains. The "Scenic Limited" departs every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday in April 2006 at 11 am, 12:30 pm, and 2 pm.
April is often the best time for viewing the area's brilliant displays of wildflowers. Historic electric-powered trains make a leisurely 10-mile round trip South through the rolling Montezuma Hills. Passengers enjoy vistas of Mt. Diablo, Suisun Marsh, and thousands of acres of lush green farms and pastures, where grazing sheep outnumber people by a wide margin.
In addition to rides on real electric trains, visitors can also experience model electric trains. The Sacramento Modular Railroaders will operate their HO-scale layout at the Western Railway Museum on April 1 & 2, 2006.
Two classes of service are offered aboard the "Scenic Limited." First Class passengers ride in an antique parlor-observation car originally built for the Salt Lake and Utah Railway in 1914. This car is fitted with overstuffed individual chairs, dark wood paneling, bronze light fixtures and a handsome floral carpet. In addition, uniformed attendants serve lemonade and assorted cookies.
Coach passengers ride in a car that spent its working life on the very same rail line the Museum now owns and preserves. The Oakland, Antioch, and Eastern (later known as the Sacramento Northern) enabled people to travel from Oakland, through Sacramento, all the way to Chico. Just like in the old days, this car still sports plush red seats, dark wood paneling and crystal clear windows.
Visitors can also tour the Rail Car Display House and the Exhibit Hall, picnic in the Museum's spacious park, and shop in the museum store. Parking is free.
Admission is just $10 for adults, $9 for seniors 65 years and older, and $7 for children 2 - 14. No extra fare is required for Coach service. First Class service is only $5 extra. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to make advance reservations by calling the Museum at (707) 374-2978, extension 114.
The Western Railway Museum is located on California State Highway 12 in rural Solano County, midway between Interstate 80 and the Sacramento River town of Rio Vista. The Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday year-round from 10:30 am until 5:00 pm.
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