By Nicole Cormier
Taking a train is one of the simple pleasures in life, but today, with the availability of flights, train travel is not the norm. But just because it’s not always the fastest travel option doesn’t mean that the joy of riding on the railroad should be forgone. The Fillmore & Western Railway Co. is a retired “movie train” that is available for family day trips, short excursions and weekend adventures. Fillmore & Western offers several different packages for train rides, most appropriate for the family. For those with older children, the Family Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre is a fun way to spend an interactive and spooky evening on the rails. As a shorter trip, opt for the Heritage Valley Tour. This brief day trip starts with a tasty three-course meal as you ride to Santa Paula. Once there, the entire family will receive a docent-led trip of the area’s three museums. Another daytime trip offering is the Weekend Scenic Excursion, which stops in Santa Paula but then goes on to Loose Caboose Garden Center and Gift Emporium which features many unique gifts, a koi pond and year-round Christmas decorations.
Trains have a special draw for children, so pack the whole family into a 2013 GL450 4MATIC SUV from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. The roomy comfort of a Mercedes-Benz SUV will ensure the drive to the train station is as fun as the train ride itself.
Nicole Cormier has a large and diverse family that lives all over the country, and has had the opportunity to see every state in the union while visiting them. As a freelance writer and editor she has the freedom to experience the world and partake in her beloved passions all while writing about it.
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