Mark the calendar for Sunday, April 17 and join the festivities as the Sierra DinnerTrain celebrates a grand reopening after a $1.5 million remodel of its cars in late 2015. The Grand ReOpening will be a free community event featuring free 30minute train rides on the Sierra DinnerTrain’s newly renovated train cars, live music by Blue A Fuse, and free family entertainment including a bounce house, caricature artist, and balloon twister.
All 1000 initial tickets for the grand reopening event were reserved in a single day so officials have added three additional trains to the schedule to accommodate demand.
Train rides will now be running at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
To reserve a spot at a specific boarding time, call the DinnerTrain’s Ticketing Office at: (800) 8661690, or reserve your spot online: www.sierradinnertrain.com/experiences/grandreopening
The Sierra DinnerTrain’s historic trainset underwent a full remodel in preparation for expansion plans in 2016. Beginning in April the DinnerTrain will be kicking off a new train schedule featuring more consistently scheduled trains and a brand new signature excursion: High Noon Express.
The new High Noon Express is a two-and-a-half hour train ride featuring a guided historic tour through the wide open countryside of the Central Valley. The trip will run every Saturday at noon and has been named for the Academy awardwinning movie, High Noon, filmed on the local railroad.
“This 118year old railroad is a piece of American history. Our goal is to preserve this venue to share for a whole new generation of train enthusiasts,” said Chris Hart, President of Sierra DinnerTrain.
The interior of the train cars have been completely reimagined, harkening back to the proud legacy of passenger rail travel.
“We’ve selected timeless fabrics, tininspired ceilings, and luxurious wallpapers for the interiors,” explained Rashael Parker, Chief Marketing Officer. “The exterior of the entire stock has been repainted in a traditional Gold and Blue, breathing new life into the town of Oakdale’s landscape.”
The Sierra DinnerTrain operates on the third oldest rail line in North America. Rich in gold rush history, the train meanders through open countryside skirting California’s quintessential gold country. The surrounding countryside, seemingly unspoiled by time, has been a choice location for a vast and abundant film legacy. Offering a unique venue for dining and family excursions, the Sierra DinnerTrain hosts yearround experiences for trainlovers of all ages that aim to preserve this important piece of California history.
For more information, visit www.SierraDinnerTrain.com.