They were glorious.
The old tracks through Niles Canyon mostly parallel Niles Canyon Rd
Hopping on in Niles, we found one of the open-pavilion-style cars. Surprisingly, they let you stand up and lean out during the ride, probably because it's only going about 35 mph.
It makes for good pictures, good times, and things falling on you.
We stayed in Sunol to have lunch at "Bosco's Bones & Brew". It had a restaurant, saloon, converted gas lamps, and looked ancient. It fit perfectly with the styling of the day.
One the way uphill to Sunol, we were being pulled by two engines from 1910 and 1924. The train that came to take us home though ...
... was a beast from 1924, stronger than the previous two combined. It had come up the hill from Niles, so after switching around to be on the new "front" of the train, we loaded onto another open car, and we were off.
All in all, a pretty cool day. We'll be back next year.