Western Railway: Extended Summer Hours

Explore vintage cars during the Suisun City destination's warm-weather run.

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Western Railway Museum

24-HOUR BUSINESSES? They're plentiful, and bustling, and ready to respond to a person's needs around the clock. But sometimes something we associate with being open both early and late, and maybe even overnight, takes on a shorter schedule, for various reasons. Trains, of course, do run throughout the day, and into the wee smalls of the evening, making them a mode of transportation that does not clock out at 6 p.m., depending on the train and line. If you're traveling across country, you're probably chugga-chugga-ing at 3 or 4 in the morning. But once a train car is retired, and if it makes its way to a museum, you can count on its early-morning hours to be fully over. Still, though, an extended schedule of visiting is nice when summer chugga-chuggas into view, because many families are out road-tripping and seeking roadside attractions that are both fun and historical. Both of those words describe the...

WESTERN RAILWAY MUSEUM... in Suisun City near Fairfield. It's open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Wednesday through Sunday, all the way through to Aug. 13, 2017. This means ample time to peek around the 50+ historic cars on the property, and the informative exhibits, too. Also? Your museum entry includes a 15-minute ride on The Streetcar and a 50-minute ride on the Interurban (those are the Sacramento Mainline tracks beneath you). If you have a transportation buff in the family, or a kid who is wild for trains, and you're looking for summertime outings, a Western Railway day could be just the ticket. Picnic grounds, and the Depot Café, means you can nosh there, and return to exploring ye olde train travel in the afternoon, post-lunch, all the way through to 5 o'clock.

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