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The historic Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad (YMSPRR) resumed their popular “Moonlight Specials” on May 26, celebrating 40 years of the night time rides.

Located just south of the Highway 41 entrance to Yosemite National Park, the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad offers rides aboard a pair of nearly century old Shay locomotives through the Sierra National Forest. The popular tours run each day in the spring, summer and fall months. The “Moonlight Special” adds another element to the memorable rides.

“In addition to the train rides, guests enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner outdoors in the cool mountain air,” said YMSPRR owner Max Stauffer. “Popular folk band ‘Sugar Pine’ sings during dinner. Then the train heads out on the tour and stops at the picnic area, where everyone gathers around a roaring campfire for songs. It’s a lot of fun for families who enjoy some good, old-fashioned fun,” said Stauffer.

The Moonlight Specials are every Wednesday and Saturday, starting May 26 through Aug. 29 and on Saturdays through the first Saturday of October. Dinner is at 6:30 and the train leaves at 7:30.

This is the 40th year the specials have been offered, marking yet another milestone for the popular attraction. Next year the railroad’s oldest locomotive, Engine 15, turns 100.In addition to the trains, the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad has the Thornberry Museum which highlights what life was like here around the turn of the century, a well-stocked gift store and book store, as well as gold panning, where guests get to keep what gold they find.

 

YMSPRR-GoldPanningLooking for that nugget.Other special events this year include a “Moonlight Melodrama” where instead of campfire songs, the actors from Golden Chain Theatre will perform a mini melodrama on Jul 15 and Aug. 12 and a special fundraiser to benefit the Children’s Museum of the Sierra on June 24 via the Oakhurst Honorary Mayor Campaign. More information on that can be found at www.Jarrod4Mayor.com.

 

To book tickets or learn more about the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, visit www.YosemiteSteamTrains.com or find them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/YMSPRR.

 

 

Editor's note: Visitors to the Gold Country and High Sierra regions will find links to the websites of hundreds of area lodging and dining options at Taste California Travel's Resource Directory.

 

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