Special Events


This popular event offers a NY steak or chicken BBQ dinner al fresco at the station with live music. Thcooking-2en take your seat on The Logger Steam Train for an excursion narrated by the conductor. Along the way you will recall the days of the Madera Sugar Pine Lumber Company’s logging operations, discover the trees of the Sierra National Forest, and find out why the Shay locomotive is unprecedented. Step off the train during a stopover at Lewis Creek Canyon for some fun and entertainment featuring live music or theatre. Hear the whistle blow and see the Shay’s firebox glow under the night sky on your trip back to the station.


A guest favorite for over 40 years! Take a seat around the campfire and sing along with campfireSugar Pine, an acoustic string ensemble, to covers of your favorite folk songs and oldies while stopped at Lewis Creek Canyon. Reservations recommended.


May – 28                                                                                                                                              CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR DATES!

June – 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25 29                                                                                                           CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR DATES!

July – 2, 6, 9, 13, 15, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30                                                                                             CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR DATES!

August – 3, 6, 10, 13, 14, 20, 24, 27                                                                                            CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR DATES!

September – 3, 10, 17, 24                                                                                                                 CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR DATES!

October – 8                                                                                                                                              CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR DATES!



cooking-2Boo the villain and cheer for the hero during this entertaining Melodrama presented by the Golden Chain Theatre. Enjoy the show outdoors at the Lewis Creek Canyon Amphitheatre.  Sunday evening on July 17 & August14. Reservations Recommended.



This PHOTO SPECIAL steam train ride is a narrated excursion through the beautiful Sierra National Forest. In addition to this normally one-hour excursion, TWO photo run-by stops will be made wherdsc_0013-2e passengers can get off the train and have a special photo opportunity to see the train run by. A catered sandwich luncheon will follow the train ride for those passengers who choose to add lunch to this special event. The train is open to people of all ages, and friendly dogs ride free! This event date has not been finalized yet for 2016.


Dip your hands into history and relive the excitement of the California Gold Rush when you pan for gold in our authentic sluice boxes. The prospector will teach you the proper techniques just like the 49ers used so you, too, will be yelling, “Eureka!”  $10 per person



Host your next event at the Sugar Pine Railroad! Charter a train excursion exclusively for your group, organization, or business. Our facilities are perfect for weddings, receptions, parties, conventions, and meetings for up to 250 people. We offer catered meals or on-site BBQ, and have ample car and bus parking available.


An unforgettable experience and history lesson! We offer a wide range of educational opportunities for school groups of all ages. Discounted train ride and gold panning packages available with advanced reservations.