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Rail & Trail Festival - Sunday, October 1

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The Rail & Trail Festival features a round-trip train ride through the redwoods to a party at Roaring Camp.  If you haven’t taken this ride before, you will be delighted by the unique views of the San Lorenzo River Valley as seen from the train. The afternoon party features live string band music, raffle prizes, games for children, and a delicious picnic lunch with local craft beverages.

Serving as MC for the festivities at Roaring Camp will be City of Santa Cruz Mayor Fred Keely!

Public Transportation advocate Rod Diridon will share a few words about the importance of public transportation in addressing climate change.

Volunteers will be on hand to share the history and future of rail transit in Santa Cruz and updates on the 32-mile Rail Trail construction projects.

Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Rail & Trail.




  • Round Trip Train Ride from the Boardwalk to the Festival and Back

  • Live String Band

  • Picnic Lunch with Unlimited Soft Drinks and an Adult Beverage. Vegetarian Option Available

  • Additional Craft Beverages Available

  • Kids Activities & Games

  • Raffle Prizes

  • Rail and Trail Info

12:00 Check-In at Boardwalk

12:30 FORT Festival Train Departs

1:30 Festival at Roaring Camp

3pm Board Train at Roaring Camp

4pm Arrive Back at Boardwalk

  • Individual: $100

  • Family & Friends Group Rate: $350 for 4 tickets

  • Infants under 2 are welcome to attend for free!

  • Become a sponsor for $500 or $1000.  You get tickets for your group plus lots of public recognition.


We will have a fun raffle during the event. Tickets can only be purchased during the event so your chances are good to win one of our many cool prizes.  Raffle Tickets will be on sale at $5 for 2 tickets. But you can get 5 tickets for $10, 12 tickets for $20, and 20 tickets for $30. Such a deal!

Roaring Camp steam engineer
Grand Prize: Engineer for a Day

Be a guest engineer at Roaring Camp for the day. Ride in the cab with the Senior engineer and hostler/fireman and assist in the performance of the locomotive on its regularly scheduled trips for the day. Your experience will include preparation of the steam engine before departure and assisting with the actual performance of the locomotive. Must be over 18 years old to participate in this memorable and historic experience.

Bring Cash for raffle tickets and more drink tickets
Staycation Prize

Overnight Stay at the Dream Inn

  • Deluxe King or Tower Suite room

  • Overnight Valet Parking

Activity Prizes
  • California's Great America
    2 tickets

  • Winchester Mystery House
    2 tickets

  • Tech Interactive Museum
    4 tickets

  • Mt. Hermon Canopy Tour
    2 tickets

  • Roaring Camp
    4 train tickets

  • Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Health Prizes

Santa Cruz Core Fitness + Rehab 

  • Functional Movement Screening

  • 1 Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy session + 3 Vasper Sessions

  • Initial Chiropractic Assessment + Consultation

Local Talent Prizes

  • "Under the Log Ride" giclée print of an original oil painting by Bert Levitsky

  • Secret Walks and Staircases in Santa Cruz by Debbie Bulger & Richard Stover

  • Sacramento Northern Album - Electric Railway Publications

  • Regeneracion tshirt and reusable sandwich bag

  • Commemorative poster of the 1996 Suntan Special

Wine and Food Prizes

Sparkling wine from Equinox Winery

  • 2017 Monterey Blanc de Blanc

  • 2019 Pinot Noir Rose

Harvest Themed Gift Basket

  • Two bottles of wine & wine glasses

  • Pasta, crackers, spreads

  • Embroidered Tea Towel

Music Prizes

More prizes coming in every Day!



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