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Review of Skunk Train

Skunk Train
Ranked #2 of 7 Tours in Fort Bragg
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Owner description: Trips departing from both Fort Bragg, CA and Willits, CA on the historic Redwood Route of Mendocino County. The Pudding Creek Express departs from Fort Bragg, on which your train will travel along the Pudding Creek Estuary to Glen Blair Junction on this short and scenic 1-hour, 7-mile roundtrip. You will be traveling over some of the first tracks laid down by the California Western Railroad in 1885. Once the train stops it will immediately return to Fort Bragg. The Northspur Flyer departs from Willits, on which your train will climb the Eastern slope of the Coastal Mountain Range and cut through it at Tunnel #2 (the Summit) before descending down into the redwood-thick Noyo River Canyon. This 4-hour, 40-mile roundtrip allows you to explore the wondrous forest where the world’s tallest trees take you back in time. Once you arrive at Northspur, the midpoint of the railroad, you will disembark for an opportunity to walk around, purchase lunch, and breathe the pristine mountain air.
Reviewed 9 July 2012

This is definately a vintage train. The staff at the terminal / ticket booth are very pleasant. I recommend that you sit on the passenger's left side of the train on departure so that you can see more (the right side hugs a hill side for quite a bit of the ride).

There are snacks available on the train (hotdogs, pretzels, popcorn, etc., beer and wine) but the train is moving back and forth making it difficult to stay standing while you get your food. You can bring your own food and drink for the trip.

Mid-way the train turns around. All of the passengers step off the train for this process. There are a couple of grills at the trun around point where lunch can be purchased, but the grills can't seem to feed everyone who's in line (so I suggest you move toward an exit as the train starts to slow down to be one of the first in line).

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Reviewed 9 July 2012

I have ridden it before, but this time we brough family out from Idaho so took another tour to North Spur. The conductor kept us informed of historical data and there is a nice gent who sings and plays guitar and harmonica who is so friendly and nice. The countryside is just beautiful and I would recommend a train ride to anyone who has not yet been, or hasn't been in a long while.

Thank ann j
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Reviewed 4 July 2012

We took the Skunk Train from Fort Bragg to Northspur. It's also possible to depart from the town of Willits. We took a 3pm train and when we arrived in Northspur, enjoyed a BBQ dinner that was included in the price of the train fare. Along the ride, a guy named the Walkin' Blues Man played some tunes - a Big Bill Broonzy, and Tennesee Stud were the tunes I remembered best. There's a full bar on-board the train, though I didn't indulge. It's the ride through the redwoods that's most impressive. At some points on the track, the trees almost seem to close up overhead, forming a tunnel or canopy. There's one tree along the tracks that's estimated to be 1100 years old. There are old cabins along the tracks that were inherited by families of original loggers who were out there in the 1800s. The Skunk Train still serves these people, ferrying them from town to these remote cabins, operating as one of the only remaining "flag-stop" railroads in the nation. I'm neither young nor old, but pretty squarely middle-aged. My girlfriend and I were completely enthralled by the ride and found the experience to be one of the best things we did on our whole two-week vacation. I imagine it would similarly impress young kids.

Thank subaquatic
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Reviewed 28 June 2012

We ride tourist trains across North America and made the pretty but challenging drive to Ft. Bragg specifically for the Skunk Train (there are plenty of other things to do in Ft. Bragg as well and it's a good destination point). We booked the art car-parlor car (first class) service on the steam train to larkspur. If you are expecting the physical amenities of typical parlor cars, forget it. This is a standard heavyweight coach with a makeshift bar. First rule ... get over it. The adults-only environment and wine/beer tasting make up for what the actual car lacks. The car was far from full the day we went, and we were able to spread out over two seats. The staff and other passengers were very friendly, and we all had a good time. On the way back, the parlor car was at the end of the train. This allowed for great photos of a beautiful redwood forest. They let you hang out of the vestibules, and you can access the open-air car. The steam locomotive was impeccably maintained, and I'm sure the parlor car itself will be improved with time. The Skunk Train is a good experience and worth the trip to Ft. Bragg. A note, get to the head of the herd for food at Larkspur.

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Reviewed 28 June 2012

The trip through the Redwoods was great , with excellent period appropriate musical accompaniment, an excellent guide and a great view of the redwoods. The lunch stop was enjoyable with an excellent meal and gift shops to browse. We highly recommend.

Thank Aviv52
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