Most people don't realize that there is a historic railroad that still runs in the Sierra National Forest. In 1899, the Madera Sugar Pine Lumber Company opened a narrow gauge railroad track in the Sierra National Forest. Though it stopped hauling logs in 1931, part of the Yosemite train route has been reconstructed and two restored vintage steam locomotives now take visitors on tours through a majestic landscape.
Although the train does not go through Yosemite National Park proper, the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad as it is now called, provides sightseers with a beautiful 4-mile excursion at the park's south gate just off highway 41. In addition to the narrated tour, the railroad company also has events with dinners, music, melodrama theatre and a rail ride under the night sky. Definitely something to consider if you are planning a trip to Yosemite.