Special Events

Moonlight Special Train Ride & BBQ

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

This popular event offers a NY steak or chicken BBQ dinner al fresco at the station with live music. Then 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.
Adults $63.00; Ages 7-12 $36.00; Ages 3-6 $29.00

Gold Panning

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

Private Events & Tour Groups

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.

School Field Trips

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. Contact us for more information.