Fish Camp, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) April 02, 2011
The Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Rail Road is planning for an April 8 opening, delayed a few weeks from their original plan due to heavy snow.
Max Stauffer, owner of the popular historic railroad just south of the Highway 41 entrance to Yosemite National Park had planned on opening March 19. The next day, however, a series of storms dropped anywhere from five to nine feet of snow along the four-mile route the train runs through the Sierra National Forest.
“We’ve been doing a lot of clean up after these storms,” said Stauffer. “In addition to the snow there were a lot of trees down so we’ve been clearing those as well as plowing the lines,” he said.
“Weather permitting, we’ll open up on April 8. We’re not expecting any more heavy storms, so we’re holding pretty firm to that date.”
The Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Rail Road runs two authentic, narrow-gauge Shay locomotives through the Sierra National Forest. Engine 10 was built in 1928 and Engine 15 in 1913. The regular tours highlight the scenic beauty of the area while describing the unique history of the region, all while recreating an authentic logger train experience.
Starting in May, the rail road also offers the Moonlight Special, which includes a BBQ dinner, live entertainment during dinner and at stop at the picnic area where everyone gathers around a large campfire with more entertainment on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.
In addition to the train, there is also a historic museum that showcases how life was in the region at the turn of the century. “In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, loggers worked the mountains providing wood for the Industrial Revolution. Their tools and way of life is shown at the museum” said Stauffer.
The region’s history in the gold rush is also recreated at a gold panning sluice box where kids are taught how to find gold. “They really love getting their hands in there and actually finding gold. It always gets a big smile for them,” said Stauffer.
To see a full schedule and learn more, visit the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Rail Road website at http://www.YosemiteSteamTrains.com.
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