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The Skunk Train
Fort Bragg California Excursion


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NameThe Skunk Train
Address100 West Laurel Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Brief DescriptionIt is the towering trees, a glimpse of a deer drinking from the Noyo River, an isolated fisherman's cabin peeking from the forest, and the notion that you have left the rest of the world behind that draw people to the Skunk Train.
TypeAttraction
CategoryExcursion
DescriptionExcept for the passengers' high-tech cameras and modern garb, a time traveler from the last century would feel quite at home riding on the Skunk Train today. The view from the restored rail cars is pretty much unchanged: The first few miles are along the Pudding Creek estuary where common sightings include blue heron, egrets, osprey, ducks, and the occasional lounging turtle. After passing through a dark 1,122-foot tunnel, the Skunk Train makes its way along Noyo River and zigzags through the Redwood thick Noyo River Canyon. With the occasional whistles as it chugs through tunnels, over bridges and past open meadows, the train follows the coastal Redwood Route as it has since 1885. Built as a logging railroad, the Skunk line began that year as a logical vehicle for moving massive redwood logs to Mendocino Coast sawmills from the rugged back country. Steam passenger service was started in 1904, extended to the town of Willits in 1911, and discontinued in 1925 when the self-powered, yellow Skunk rail cars were inaugurated. The little trains were quickly nicknamed for their original gas engines, which prompted folks to say, You can smell 'em before you can see 'em. It is the towering trees, a glimpse of a deer drinking from the Noyo River, an isolated fisherman's cabin peeking from the forest, and the notion that you have left the rest of the world behind that draw people to the Skunk Train.
Emailrjp@mcn.org
Handicapped AccessibleNo
Websitewww.skunktrain.com
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Last Updated6/23/2011
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