Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad Begins "Moonlight Specials" May 26

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The popular historic steam trains just outside of Yosemite National Park resume their night time rides complete with dinner and campfire songs according to the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau.

Engines 10 and 15 of the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad are authentic, nearly century old Shay locomotives that give tours through the Sierra National Forest just a few miles south of Yosemite National Park

Engines 10 and 15 of the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad are authentic, nearly century old Shay locomotives that give tours through the Sierra National Forest just a few miles south of Yosemite

It’s a lot of fun for families who enjoy some good, old-fashioned fun.

The historic Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad will be resuming their popular “Moonlight Specials” starting May 26, celebrating 40 years of the night time rides.

Located just south of the Highway 41 entrance to Yosemite National Park, the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad offers rides aboard a pair of nearly century old Shay locomotives through the Sierra National Forest. The popular tours run each day in the spring, summer and fall months. The “Moonlight Special” adds another element to the memorable rides.

“In addition to the train rides, guests enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner outdoors in the cool mountain air,” said YMSPRR owner Max Stauffer. “Popular folk band ‘Sugar Pine’ sings during dinner. Then the train heads out on the tour and stops at the picnic area, where everyone gathers around a roaring campfire for songs. It’s a lot of fun for families who enjoy some good, old-fashioned fun,” said Stauffer.

The Moonlight Specials are every Wednesday and Saturday, starting May 26 through Aug. 29 and on Saturdays through the first Saturday of October. Dinner is at 6:30 and the train leaves at 7:30.

This is the 40th year the specials have been offered, marking yet another milestone for the popular attraction. Next year the railroad’s oldest locomotive, Engine 15, turns 100.

In addition to the trains, the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad has the Thornberry Museum which highlights what life was like here around the turn of the century, a well-stocked gift store and book store, as well as gold panning, where guests get to keep what gold they find.

Other special events this year include a “Moonlight Melodrama” where instead of campfire songs, the actors from Golden Chain Theatre will perform a mini melodrama on Jul 15 and Aug. 12 and a special fundraiser to benefit the Children’s Museum of the Sierra on June 24 via the Oakhurst Honorary Mayor Campaign. More information on that can be found at http://www.Jarrod4Mayor.com.

To book your tickets or learn more about the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, visit http://www.YosemiteSteamTrains.com or find them on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/YMSPRR.

Jarrod Lyman
Director of Media
Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau
(559) 683-4636

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