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11 Epic Train Rides In Northern California For That Wonderful Scenic Experience You Need

The nostalgia a good old fashioned train ride can bring is truly special. Locomotive travel can bring us back to a time when we took the time to watch what was outside our window and simply enjoy the journey. If you’re looking to remember what it’s like to enjoy the journey and tour Northern California in a unique way—or you just want to give the family a special experience they’ll never forget—then traveling Northern California’s scenic railways are the perfect way to do just that. The following are eleven train rides in Northern California that will give you an unforgettable experience.

What do you think of these railways? Have you ever traveled any of them? Share your thoughts, train photos and railway experiences with us.

Jill S.
Jill is a freelance writer from a small Northern California town and lives in the Sierra Nevada mountains. If you have an idea for an Only In Northern California story, email her at