Quite a few of the visitors to our layout are from the Bay Area. A frequent question is where in the Bay Area can I take the kids/grandparents/nieces/nephews and uncle Tom Cobley and all to see a model train or, better yet, ride on one? My response is “Tilden Park in Oakland.” You can actually ride a steam train there on the Redwood Valley Railway. It’s a 15″ gauge steam train and it rides through the redwoods of Tilden Regional Park. The loco is truly magnificent. As pictures speak louder than words here are two vids to get you going.
This one has a great soundtrack.
This vid gives you a better view of the ride.
And, as a bonus, there are lots of other model trains running on other tracks.