Fremont, California: Horse-Drawn Train

A heavy-duty farm horse pulls passengers in a restoration of the 1880s horse-power train that once served as the region's mass transit.

Ardenwood Historic Farm

34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont, CA
Ardenwood Historic Farm. From I-880 in Fremont, take the Decoto Road/Dumbarton Bridge/Highway 84 exit. Go west on Highway 84 toward the Dumbarton Bridge. Take the Ardenwood/Newark Blvd. exit and turn right (north) onto Ardenwood Blvd. The park entrance is ahead, on the right.
Tu-Su 10-4. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $6.
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Horse drawn train.

Horse-Drawn Train, Ardenwood Historic Farm

In 1881 a new train started serving the people of Centerville and Newark. The uniqueness of this train was its engine... or the lack of an engine. The train was powered by horses. A single horse pulled a small, four-wheel horsecar for passengers, at 10 cents per trip. The train was started by my great-grandfather, Charles Huntington Burdick, and later run by his brother, Henry "Old Bones" Burdick, for around 30 years.

Today one can take a short trip and learn the history of this unusual train by visiting the Ardenwood Historic Farms in Fremont.

[Dave Burdick, 04/20/2013]

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