BERKELEY (CBS SF/BCN) — The Redwood Valley Railway AKA the steam trains in Tilden Regional Park will reopen on Saturday after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Operating hours for the miniature steam train, a popular family attraction in the Berkeley Hills for almost 70 years, are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

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Masks and observation of social distancing protocols are required.

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Ellen Thomasen and her sister Kathe James began running the train service 25 years when they took over from their father, Erich Thomasen, who started the train service in 1952.

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The steam train is located at 2481 Grizzly Peak Blvd. For more information, including hours and ticket prices, call (510) 548-6100 or visit

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