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RyPN Briefs February 8, 2008
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Enjoy Springtime Aboard the 7th Annual Scenic Limited Trains

Springtime in Solano County means wildflowers and April is often the best time to catch them. To celebrate, the Western Railway Museum runs special Scenic Limited trains every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday in April at 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm.

The Scenic Limited takes visitors 5 miles down the old Sacramento Northern Railway, South from Highway 12. The trip lasts about an hour and riders catch views of the native wildflowers that cover the hillsides and fields.

Like Mother Nature, the views often change weekly depending on the delicate balance of moisture and sunshine. Whatever happens to be blooming, museum docents are on hand to point out native flowers along the way such as poppies, goldfields, brass buttons, vetch, and sheep's sorrel.

The Museum offers two classes of service on the special train equipment used for the Scenic Limited. First Class passengers ride in the 1914 Salt Lake and Utah Railway observation parlor car, enjoying complimentary cookies and lemonade served by uniformed attendants. Coach passengers ride in a car that spent its working life on the same rail line the Museum now owns and preserves: the Oakland, Antioch and Eastern, later known as the Sacramento Northern.

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 $5 extra. Groups of 10 or more can make advance reservations for First Class service 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. For more information visit www.wrm.org or call (707) 374-2978.