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Your Ticket Purchase Preserves Rail History

Historic Preservation Fund

Historic Preservation Fund

Our railroad has operated continuously since 1885, and thanks to your ticket purchase, we can keep these historic and cultural assets in premier condition.

Indeed, the eight percent that is added to your ticket fee goes toward our “Historic Preservation Fund,” which is used to restore our roundhouse where our locomotives have been maintained since 1885; the 1924 passenger depot in Fort Bragg, the 1915 passenger depot and dining hall building in Willits; the complete rebuild of our 1924 steam locomotive engine No. 45; and so much more.

What began in 1885 as a logging and passenger railway continues to encompass more than 40 miles of track, 30 bridges and two tunnels.
Some of the terrain is so steep that it is only suitable for a mountain goat! While maintaining this acreage can be overwhelming, our ultimate goal is to transform the property and depot grounds into an all-access and park-like setting with landscaping, sidewalks and pedestrian safe corridors.

Generations of passengers have made the Skunk Train a part of their recreation. We are always grateful to welcome returning guests and meet new friends, too.

Thank you for helping keep this treasured piece of living history intact.

Respectfully,
Efstathios I Pappas
General Manager

Behind the Skunk

Behind The Skunk
Behind The Skunk1 week ago
Busy times! One thing that never ends on a railroad is maintenance and rehabilitation of infrastructure and rolling stock. The track department has been on a major tie replacement program on the Fort Bragg block of the railroad getting hundreds of old ties out, and new ties installed. And in the shops, our friends with the model railroad club have been making great progress on California Western 11, a home built caboose built in the same shop she is being rehabilitated in today. Preserving a railroad for the future is hard work but the team is up to the task. Come see us here on the Redwood Route!

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Behind The Skunk3 weeks ago
Winter shop work continues unabated even with the rain! In fact, some needed roof work on concession car 699 is well underway to deal with a few leaks that developed recently. In the harsh (at least to steel) coastal environment, proper repair of damage and preparation of steel for high performance coatings is the key to longevity and sustainability.

In other news, samples of the new furniture for our new premium service observation/lounge car have arrived and look great! Be on the lookout for more updates as we add this class of service out of Fort Bragg this year!

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Behind The Skunk4 weeks ago
Progress…. A very successful year in 2023 showed us that the Skunk is on a growth trajectory and more assets are needed to continue growing ridership and revenue. To this end, the Fort Bragg shops are humming with activity. Recently returned to service locomotive 66 is receiving body and paint work so as to be ready for its time in the spotlight this year. In addition, a long out of service coach is receiving extensive body and mechanical work to return to operation as a premium service car for our growing high end demand. And finally, full food service at Glen Blair Junction will begin this year with the creation of our first mobile kitchen, built into a boxcar for mobility and durability. These bold initiatives will provide more great experiences for our guests and continue our commitment to sustainability and growth. Come join us when you have a chance!

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