The Napa Valley Railroad is privately owned and started doing wine trips between Napa and St Helena in 1989 after hassles with locals about the environmental impact.
The engines used to belong to Canadian National Railway and they have been converted to run on natural gas. The nine cars were built in early 1900's by Pullman Co. They have been extensively refurbished by NVRR.
Our group was lucky to get the last car with an outside observation deck. It is a lounge and bar car with swivel lounge chairs. There were four glasses of wine waiting for each person to taste. We had a sommelier tell us about the wines. Our tour guide gave us an information sheet about the wineries we were passing.
Bill throws away concern about getting Atrial Fibrillation and enjoys the wine and the nibblies.
Me too. A dream come true. The view from the windows was beautiful.
One vineyard after another surrounded by rolling green hills. It reminded us of the Hunter Valley in NSW.
We went out on the back deck to take photos and film. The track runs along side the State Route 29.
The train stops in a few places where you can get off for tasting and tours of wineries.
However, we stayed on board and went to the dining car for a gourmet meal. The round trip takes about 3 hours.