Chugging Through the Trees and Hills in Berkeley, California
Standing in the cool shade of redwood trees, we can hear the train approaching before we see it. Excitement fills the air as children begin jumping up and down. Steam is puffing from the stack of a shiny black engine with brass fittings. The little ones wave at the engineer and his passengers as they come clacking into the station. A cry of "All aboard!" rings out, the conductor collects our tickets, and we climb into our miniature, open air car (there are also several covered ones,) and, with a gentle lurch, the train leaves the Redwood Valley Train Station to begin its one and an eighth mile tour though the redwoods and rolling grassy hills that make up Berkeley's Tilden Park. From time to time spectacular views of San Francisco Bay show through the trees. We step off a while later, all of us with faces aglow, like so many others since the narrow gauge tracks opened in 1952.
- Galen Leeds Your welcome. It's such a fun train to visit with small kids, watching the way their eyes light up with excitement, the small finger pointing at the train as it comes chugging into the station.
- Elisabeth Hensley So funny, this picture could have been me 6 or 7 years ago, holding my son, my hair swiftly pulled back in the Sunday p.m. ponytail, desperate to stop the whining from a sleepless, cooped up kid. thx for the memories!