Decorated Niles Canyon 'Train of Lights' a special treat for everyone this holiday season

Weekly's managing editor reports on inaugural run

The holiday Train of Lights got under way with a preview for a few hundred lucky riders Tuesday night as the 12-car train chugged through Niles Canyon, adorned with festive strings of lights on the outside and pinecone-laden wreaths and garlands on the inside.

As guests stepped aboard the train cars, they were offered hors d'oeuvres and wine. Those seen at the event included mayors Jennifer Hosterman of Pleasanton, Marshall Kamena of Livermore. Pleasanton City Councilwoman Cindy McGovern and former Dublin Mayor Janet Lockhart, along with their families.

Tuesday was a preview day or a "practice" for the Pacific Locomotive Association, which has operated the popular one-hour holiday train rides for the past 20 years. Volunteers for the PLA, city leaders, their families and media were invited to ride.

It's the largest fundraiser for the PLA, which restores historic boxcars for the public to enjoy. Those who work on the trains are all volunteers.

The Train of Lights officially begins tomorrow and will continue through Dec. 27. Some tickets are still available (some dates and times are sold out). For those interested, visit Cost is $25.


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Posted by Tim
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 25, 2009 at 8:22 am

The "" link in this article is coded wrong. It sends you to "". Don't use the link.

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Posted by Emily West
Features Editor
on Nov 25, 2009 at 10:19 am

Emily West is a registered user.

The link is fixed now, so it's safe to click on through to the Niles Canyon Railway site.

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Posted by Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 25, 2009 at 10:32 am

I can't wait for the day when the Sunol train comes all the way to Pleasanton. My kids would absolutely love it.

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Posted by der
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Nov 25, 2009 at 11:32 am

this is a blast, 5star rating!

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