The great thing about living in American Canyon is that we are centrally located, amid the best that Solano & Napa counties has to offer. Whether it’s heading “Up Valley” to go wine tasting or just a few miles south to the Pirate Festival over Father’s Day Weekend along the Vallejo Waterfront, there is not shortage of things to try or events to go to. A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of going with the Cub Scouts to the Western Railroad Museum in southern Suisun City (between Suisun proper and Rio Vista on 12).
The WRM, set in the middle of nowhere, is an homage to all things Railroad. There is an 11 mile circuit for a stable of electric trains. During the spring they have a wild flower tour; in October they have a pumpkin patch and in the winter…best of all…they have a Santa Train! At only $15/person it is a great deal especially for those of us who have multiple kids.
What is most amazing to me is the history that is stored in the special barn built for the rail cars that are being (or have been) restored. With the passing of time, it’s very easy to forget how much World War II affected the entire Bay Area but these cars bring the history back to life. Of course, my favorite of all was the locomotive that was used in the movie Pollyanna (staring Jane Wyman & Hayley Mills) – shown above moving through Napa Junction (aka American Canyon) on its way up to St. Helena.
The WRM is all volunteer run and is sustained primarily through memberships and donations. Family memberships – good for 2 adults and 4 kids – is $70.