Get your tickets and climb aboard for an unforgettable journey on the historic Skunk Train! Ride through majestic redwood groves, scenic trestle bridges, amazing tunnels and into the heart of the Noyo River Canyon. Originally built to carry logs from the backcountry to the coast, the Skunk Train offers pristine views largely unchanged from a century ago.
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The nickname “Skunk” originated in 1925 when motorcars were introduced (today sometimes referred to as railbuses or railcruisers). These single-unit, self-propelled motorcars had gasoline-powered engines for power and a pot-bellied stove burning crude oil to keep the passengers warm. The combination of the fumes created a very pungent odor, and the old timers living along the line said these motorcars were like skunks, “You could smell them before you could see them.” The railroad’s historic name is California Western Railroad.
Dogs are the only pets permitted on board. Be considerate of your canine though, they simply may not like trains. Please bring whatever they need to be comfortable (food, water, dishes, a leash, etc.). Dogs are $10.95 and reservations are suggested.
Yes, but there are limitations given that the railcars were built in the early 1900s. Switching from your chair to a coach seat may be necessary. The train conductor will work closely with you for boarding, seating, and assisting with storage of the wheelchair during your journey.
Only if you have dietary restrictions or are traveling with a child. Concessions are available on the train.
Outside alcohol is not permitted on board the train. The Skunk Train offers a great selection of wine and beer from Mendocino County including their own Skunk Beer (bottled by Anderson Valley Brewing Company), plus a full bar on board the train.
The Skunk Train tries to maintain their schedule without question. If you miss a train they will issue you a gift certificate for a future ride or book you on the next available departure. They will not, however, issue a refund because you’ve missed your scheduled departure.
Comfortable and casual layered clothing is suggested to keep warm in the chilly months. If you plan on riding the Open Air Observation Car then dark clothing is best because sometimes lighter clothing can get soot spots on it.