All ABOARD…...Trains take families to pumpkin patch for Halloween

For years now, families who took an old-fashioned train ride from Rio Vista Junction to Gum Grove found a Halloween haven near the Montezuma Hills, during the month of October.

Kids at Pumpkin Patch

The Western Railway Museum’s annual Pumpkin Festival kicked off this weekend and continues throughout the month of October. During the day, streetcars carried parents and children a few miles into the countryside where a giant hay fort and several activities greeted visitors. Ponies were available for rides, pumpkins were stocked for chucking and animals were penned for petting.

Kids and well, adults can, fling pumpkins, ride a horse and explore the hay maze. The maze isn't scary but is a little on the dark side.

Phil Kohlmetz, of the Bay Area Electric Railroad Association, said the fort is new every year. There's plenty to do, including live music, hundreds of pumpkins to choose from, great food, and lots of games for all.

Trains departed from the museum every half-hour. Visitors could ride a 1903 rail car from the Peninsular Railroad as well as orange streetcars from the Key System, which ran on the lower deck of the Bay Bridge from 1939-58.

Th train ride is probably the best part and certainly my favorite. The views and well, the ride will take you back to the early days of travel.

Lot's of volunteers from the museum as well as Rotary Club members from Fairfield-Suisun, Cordelia and Dixon joined Vanden’s National Honor Society members make the event hum along like a well oiled train.

Tractor Rides at Pumpkin Patch

The Western Railway Museum’s Pumpkin Festival continues on weekends this month. The first train leaves at 10 a.m., and the museum closes at 5 p.m. There is an admission fee. For more information, call 374-2978.
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