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The Fillmore & Western Railway invites passengers to hop aboard a vintage train for fun rides through the Heritage Valley. On Saturday, Aug. 13, passengers are invited to shoot the undead during the “Zombie Hunter Paintball Train,” which departs at 7:30 and returns at 9 p.m. Passengers shoot “zombies” near the tracks with paintball guns fastened to the rail cars. Shooters must be 10 or older. The event has become very popular since it was launched last fall, said Tresa Wilkinson, owner of the Fillmore & Western Railway.
“It’s unique to us, and it’s a lot of fun,” she said. “There are zombies out there with targets and the train goes by very slow. They get hit a lot out there.”
The “Zombie Hunter Paintball Train” is $49 for shooters, $25 for the ride only and passengers under 10 years old.
The Fillmore & Western Railway also offers leisurely excursions with its “Weekend Scenic Ride to Santa Paula” on Saturday, Aug. 13, 20 and 27 from noon to 4 p.m., and the “Weekend Scenic Ride to Piru and Bennett’s Honey Farm” on Sunday, Aug. 14 from noon to 3 p.m. Passengers ride the rails to downtown Santa Paula or Piru and back to Fillmore. The Piru ride includes a stop at Bennett’s Honey Farm, where fresh honey is available for purchase. Adult tickets are $25; $23 for seniors; $15 for children 4-12; $10 for children 2-3; and free for infants under 23 months.
Passengers are also invited to enjoy an evening of comedy and crime fighting during the “Murder Mystery Dinner Train” on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. A troupe of professional actors will perform “Viva Lost Vegas,” a show in which passengers can help solve a mystery. “Viva Lost Vegas” follows a Rat Pack-theme and passengers are encouraged to dress in period costumes, Wilkinson said. The dinner includes prime rib, chicken cordon bleu, blackened pork chops and a vegetarian option. The ride is for passengers 18 and older. Tickets are $89.
Trains depart from 364 Main St. in Fillmore, located off Highway 126 between Santa Clarita and Ventura. For information, call (805)524-2546, or visit www.fwry.com.
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