Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wildflowers and railroads in Suisun, California

A visit to the Western Railway Museum is like stepping into some 1930s American city: a place where streetcars and interurban electric trains not only still run, but they're thronged with riders. That's because this is home to one of the most extensive collections of authentic historic streetcars and interurban electric trains in the U.S.

You can easily spend the better part of a day hopping onto, roaming about, and riding some of these lovingly restored gems—and it won't cost much more than a movie. It's a great place to take kids who want to ride on some fun choo-choos (or even, dare we say, learn more about environmentally smart public transportation). Visit now and you'll catch the last of spring's wildflowers (some of the trins journey past vernal pools).

During summer, May 27 – September 6, the Western Railway Museum expands its operating days and will be open five days each week, Wednesdays through Sundays, from 10:30 – 5. Hour-long excursion trains will operate at 11, 12:30, 2, and 3:30.

Details: $10, $9 seniors (65+), and $7 ages 2 to 14. 707/ 374-2978; off Highway 20 between Fairfield and Rio Vista; www.wrm.org.

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