Fun on the Skunk Train
Monday, June 30th, 2008

If you haven’t been on the Skunk Train, or if it’s been awhile, now is a perfect opportunity. The Skunk Train is now offering Mendocino County residents discounted fares. On Wednesdays and Sundays, the half-day trip to Northspur is discounted. On Wednesdays, locals can ride the BBQ train for $39 per adult and $19 per child (regularly $65 & $35). Beginning in the 1880s, California Western (the train’s official name) was constructed to haul timber from the forest to the sea. Over the next 30 years, the train continued expanding to match the demands for goods and transportation. Steam passenger service was started in 1904. Finally, in December 1911, the train completed its first excursion carrying 150 passengers into the Willits depot. Steam power was discontinued in 1925 when the self-powered, yellow “Skunk” rail cars were inaugurated. The little trains were quickly nicknamed for their original gas engines, which prompted folks to say, “You can smell ‘em before you can see ‘em.” So, if you’re on the Coast to escape the smoke or a first-time visitor, this is a must-do attraction. It is not often that we get to relive a childhood experience, so don’t miss this one. To obtain additional information, call 707-964-6371.

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