If you live in an East or South Bay of San Francisco, this is a great day Sunday field trip for any train enthusiast in your family (including adults). You will have an opportunity to ride on an authentic steam engine that was in operation on this historic railway more than 100 years ago. All the train cars are also real train cars restored from the first half of 20th century. The ride takes about 30 minutes in one direction, then the train stops at the other station for about 20 minutes and comes back. The starting point of the ride is about 30 minutes from our home, and our best friend has suggested this trip as a special Father's Day activity. He was right - my husband enjoyed this trip a lot, since, as every geek, he is fascinated with historic trains.
Anna loves books about trains and playing with toy trains. She likes big trains too... in principle. She was a little tired, and was not at all convinced that going on a big loud train is a good idea. She spent the first part of the trip looking like this. She was worried that we will go into a tunnel - she was not a big fan of tunnels when we went on a kiddie train ride in Gilroy Gardens a few weeks ago. She was curling into a tight ball on my lap asking if we are in the tunnel yet. It took her about 10 minutes to get curious and open her eyes, but even then she wouldn't want to stand up and look outside.She was a lot more enthusiastic about her experience on the way back. She still wouldn't want to run around the train, but at least she enjoyed the ride and asked a lot of questions. Her favorite part of the trip, however, were toy trains on both stations run by train enthusiasts. She said in the end that she wants to come back and ride on the train again, when she is just a little bit older and almost as big as papa. I think we will repeat the trip next year, when she is better able to appreciate the historic aspect of it and maybe has a bit more exposure to "real" trains that she had up to now. Our next train-related trip will be going to downtown San Jose by a light rail.