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November 20, 2011 (Julian)  -- The Smith Ranch in Julian invites you to take a ride aboard the 2011 Christmas Train Express. Celebrate the holidays at this special event that consists of a one mile train ride, a visit to the authentic Smith Ranch 1870 gold rush mine, and country Christmas surprises.

The tour is approximately 1 1/2 hours. Running times are 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. from Saturday, November 26 - Saturday, December 31, 2011.  Trains run daily except for Sundays.

The public is invited to an exciting journey through frontier America--Julian style.  Bundle up for the crisp mountain air and expect festive fun including a surprise in the mine, ringing Christmas bells, an evergreen forest, and a wonderful Christmas train ride adventure. The Christmas Trains are favorites for children and adults of all ages.

Experience the historic side of Julian as you ride on the 18" gauge mining train. Beautiful scenery abounds onthe 1-mile round trip, as you cross over two trestle bridges and negotiate a 225 degree curve to disembark at our real Smith Ranch 1870 Julian gold rush mine. While exploring the mine, you will see pick marks made in the rock 140 years ago. Keep an eye out for the quartz veins that led to gold.

Many of the trains sold out last year, so reserve early. Advance reservations are required.

For More Information: Greg Smith, PO Box 1372, Julian, CA 92036, and phone: 1-760-765-2288, Email: or visit

Fees:Adults - $15; Children (ages 3-12) - $12; Ages 2 and under free with paid adult.

A group discount for 12 or more paid people: Adult - $12; Child (Ages 3-12) - $10; 2 years and under free with a paid adult. School discount are available: 1-760-765-2288.


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