If you love trains, Crossroads Village is the place to be this weekend! One of the Village’s most popular events, Railfans takes place August 6 and 7, and it is ALL ABOUT TRAINS!
The coolest thing about Railfans is that visitors get a once-a-year chance to see the Village’s Railroad Shop. This is the place where all of the behind-the-scenes railroad action takes place, where all the amazing railroad equipment is kept, and where all the train cars are repaired and restored.
It’s also where we store Car #8, which was built in 1875 by the Kimball Car Company of San Francisco, California. There are a few Kimball box cars still in circulation, but our beloved #8 is believed to be the last Kimball narrow gauge coach in existence. It was originally in service on the North Coast Pacific Railroad. Then it was moved to the Nevada County (CA) Railroad. And given people’s affection for trains, it’s no surprise that #8 was later converted into a home.
We obtained it in the 1970s and restored it, and I must say that #8 is a true work of art. It is also too fragile to be put into service any more, so we keep it safe at the Railroad Shop, and once a year, on this Railfans weekend, you can take a tour through it.
For this special weekend, the railroad shop crew will move Car #100 to the rear of the train so passengers can enjoy the views from its exceptionally large windows. This beauty was built in the 1890s and was originally put into service on the National Railways of Mexico.
Come celebrate the magic of trains this weekend. Take the 40-minute ride on the Huckleberry Railroad through woods and meadows and along Mott Lake. Marvel at the artistry of #8. Enjoy the workmanship of the tiny villages that surround our model trains, and find treasures to take home in our Train Station Gift Shop.
Parking is, as always, free. Use your season pass this weekend or purchase tickets online or at the gate.