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 www.ncry.org. Cost is $25.