Train Porn for Historical Train Buffs
Trains are both a passion and a way of life for a surprising number of people. Some love the modern speed-record shattering kind. Others can't get enough of the vintage vehicles that were so instrumental in building our modern world. Here's a selection of train experiences for the latter, whether as working rolling stock, parked forever in museums or simply hinted at in stations of notable history and character.

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All Aboard for Mushrooms!

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One highlight of the Mendocino Beer, Wine & Mushroom Festival was the Skunk Train ride into the forest--to hunt for mushrooms with a mycologist, and to taste, yes, beer, wine, and mushroom-based dishes from a range of the county's producers and purveyors. The train (formally the California Western Railroad) dates to the 1880s and cruises between Fort Bragg and Willits, over trestles, through tunnels, and past some amazingly old trees. It is indeed a "tourist attraction" but also a glorious way to travel through beautiful Northern California forests. The "Crab & Wine Express" fires up in January.

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by Derk Richardson
AFAR Editor
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