Skunk Train

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."

California Western welcomed more "modern" equipment in later years, which rail fans can still ride. The vintage 1925 M-100 motorcar -- the only remaining train of its kind in use anywhere today -- runs the line year-round, as does the 1935 M-300 motorcar. During the busier summer months, they are joined by three 1950's diesel-powered engines, and famous Old No. 45, a majestic 1924 Baldwin steam engine, the kind most kids dream of when they think "train."

Moving at a leisurely pace (29 miles per hour maximum), the trains pull covered cars as well as open observation cars -- perfect for capturing photographs of the truly exhilarating journey.

  With a route criss-crossing over the Noyo River and cutting through the coastal mountains to towering Redwood forests, a ride aboard the Skunk Train is spectacular.More than 800 trips a year are offered from two stations at opposite ends of our railroad in Fort Bragg and Willits.  

Foot of Laurel Street - Fort Bragg, CA 95437
299 East Commerical Street - Willits, CA 95490
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Main: 866-457-5865 Fax: 707-964-6428

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