This one’s from the archives in honor of Halloween….Every Autumn we pack up the car, collect our favorite little goblins (happily borrowed for the day) and head out on Highway 80 until we reach the Western Railway Museum off Highway 12 between Fairfield and Rio Vista. This non-profit is dedicated to preserving electric train history, restoring vintage rail cars and providing rides on an historic rail line in authentic streetcars and electric trains that have been collected from all over the western U.S. The rail line transects 5 miles of some of the most beautiful landscape, crossing over the picturesque Montezuma Hills on the original historic main line of the Sacramento Northern Railway.
This time of year there are more compelling reasons to visit the Western Railway Museum – the annual Pumpkin Patch! As Pumpkin Patches go, this one is special. There are hay rides and pumpkin chucking contests. There’s an elaborate fort made entirely of hay bales with countless nooks and crannies that keep the kids occupied for – well, lots of minutes. There are home-made baked goods and there’s live music for the kiddos by the popular Hipwaders. And, then, there are lots and lots of pumpkins. Volunteers from the Fairfield-Suisun, Cordelia, and Dixon Rotary Clubs create an old-time Pumpkin Patch that will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time.
It’s become a nice annual ritual and all proceeds benefit the Western Railway Museum (a nonprofit educational institution) and the local Rotary Clubs, which provide thousands of dollars to local community and youth activities each year.
This week-end, October 29th and 30th, is the final call to spend a beautiful Fall day in the country. The special Pumpkin Patch trains will be running from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. this week-end, but be sure to get there early, as this is a popular event with the locals. It’s now in it’s 14th year and it has become the highlight of the Fall for many and for many families, like ours, it has become a fun, annual tradition.
Gather the family and begin at the Western Railway Museum. The first electric express train leaves at 10:00 AM with departures every half-hour until 4pm.
Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors (65 and up), and $9 for children (ages 2 –14). Prices include admission to the Museum, unlimited train rides, use of the Museum’s spacious and shaded picnic grounds, and free parking.
Perhaps this annual tradition will become yours, too? Happy Halloween, pumpkins!