"Moving at a leisurely pace (29 miles per hour maximum), the trains pull covered cars as well as open observation cars -- perfect for capturing photographs of the truly exhilarating journey."
Skunk Train FAQ's:
Question: What was the Mendocino train line originally built for?
Answer: The train line was originally built for moving redwood logs to Mendocino Coast sawmills from the rugged back country.
Question: When was the train line built?
Answer: The Train Line was opened for use in 1885.
Question: When did passenger service start on the line?
Answer: Steam passenger service was started in 1904, extended to the town of Willits in 1911, and discontinued in 1925 when the self-powered, yellow "Skunk" rail cars were inaugurated.
Question: How did the Skunk Train get it's name?
Answer: The new trains were gas powered and the gas engines created a "skunky" smell which is how the train got it's name.
Question: What will I see on the Skunk Train ride?
Answer: You will travel from our depot in Fort Bragg to the Northspur station. Your trip will begin by crossing California State Highway 1 and then running along Pudding Creek. The train cuts through the beautiful redwoods along the entire route. You will pass over bridges and trestles with water running under them and through a 1,100 foot tunnel. You will even see a 1,000 year old redwood! The Noyo River provides a perfect backdrop to this exciting trip.
Skunk Train - Fort Bragg and Willits California
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Skunk Train Images
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Skunk Train History General
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Skunk Train Schedule
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