The early signs of springs in Fairfield and Suisun has wildflower watchers and wine enthusiasts alike looking forward to April and the Western Railway Museum's annual spring trains.
Tickets are now on sale for the Scenic Limited and Vintage Comet trains at the Western Railway Museum. Powered completely by clean electricity, both historic trains return in April. You can purchase tickets online by following this link: http://www.wrm.org/scenic-limited-tickets
The Scenic Limited is an hour-long ride for all ages that highlights the natural wildflowers that dot the hillsides along the rail line. With the rain Northern California has seen this winter, the green hills were surely be awashed in bright colors. Passengers admire panoramic views of hillsides and fields populated with native wildflowers such as poppies, goldfields, and lupine. The Scenic Limited runs every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday in April at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. A limited number of first-class seats can be reserved in the Parlor-Observation car, where guests will enjoy cookies and lemonade on plush seats.
First-class tickets on the Scenic Limited are $17 for adults, $16 for seniors 65 and older, and $14 for children 2-14 years of age. Coach tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $7 for children. All tickets include admission to the Western Railway Museum.
Meanwhile, the Vintage Comet has two departures scheduled in April, April 8 and April 29. The Vintage Comet also includes wildflower viewing, but features award-winning wines from the Suisun Valley Wine-Co Op. This 90-minute trip is geared towards adults and also includes snacks. First-class tickets are $45 and general admission is $35. These tickets are expected to sell fast so reserve your seat now on the Vintage Comet.
Both trains are pulled by Sacramento Northern interurban #1005. A true California native, it was built in 1912 in San Francisco, lovingly restored to its past glory by Museum volunteers, and spent its working life on the same rail line the Museum now owns and preserves: the Sacramento Northern. In 2012, the rail line and the Museum itself were added to the prestigious National Register of Historic Places.
Tickets to either train include Museum admission, the Rail Car Display House, access to the Laflin Park Picnic Grounds, and parking.
The Western Railway Museum is located on the State Highway 12 in rural Solano County, midway between Interstate 80 in Fairfield and the quaint Sacramento Delta town of Rio Vista.