FILLMORE, Calif. On the Fillmore & Western Railway, brunch on an historic train as it winds through scenic countryside, sampling Cabernet at a local winery, a restful night at a sweet little bed and breakfast.
If that sounds like the Napa Valley, an eight-hour drive north, it isn't.
Welcome to Fillmore, a quiet little unpretentious farm town of about 13,000 people an hour's drive northeast of Los Angeles. Here the Fillmore & Western Railway Co., a six-car scenic train pulled by 50-year-old diesel engines, seems to have become the main attraction. Its downtown open-air depot shares the tree-lined town square with a sparkling new, but distinctively old-style City Hall. And at the sound of the train whistle, adults turn to watch, and kids clamber up a wooden fence adjacent to the track. Stores and restaurants sport miniature train sets in their windows.
Recently, featured on the CBS television series NCIS-LA (October - November 2013).