Completed in 1911, the Woodland Branch is a 16-mile stretch of railway that connects West Sacramento with Woodland, California. At the branch's peak, passenger trains were running eight times a day, nine times on leap-days, but it all came to an end in 1940 with the start of World War II. The tracks were still used for freight, but it would be more than 60 years before passengers began using the railway again with any frequency. When the scenic stretch of rail was absorbed by the Sierra Railroad Company in 2003, it wasn't long before it took the name Sacramento RiverTrain and began running luxury coaches complete with rattan furniture, wood paneling, and state-of-the-art sound systems. Today, passengers board these trains to savor Sunday brunch, murder-mystery dinners, and other events while train tracks softly clack in the background.
Don and Rick Wood, owners of Cooks Collision, can trace their auto-repair roots back to the 1930s. Their grandfather, Clyde, built cars for Ford Motor Company and later started his own body shop, where he passed his knowledge on to his son, Bob. After working as a body-shop manager for Saltnes Volkswagen, Bob took out a mortgage against his family home and purchased Cooks Auto Body, fulfilling his dream of starting his own shop?just like his dad. Today, Don and Rick carry on the family legacy with more than 30 locations, dozens of employees, and one magical vintage racecar. Their ASE-certified mechanics are factory-certified by Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Jaguar, and Volvo, and they repair around 30,000 cars each year.
Since 1966, Swift Chrysler Jeep Dodge Kia's certified technicians have lifted the spirits of downtrodden foreign and domestic vehicles and their owners, all the while selling a massive inventory of used and new cars. In an attempt to offer an incredibly customer-friendly shopping experience, this massive inventory is listed online in an easily browsable format. Visitors of the dealership can also stop in to kick the tires, daydream about how many marshmallows they can stuff into each single car, and check out the dealership’s amenities. Shuttle service, rental vehicles, and a complementary loaner-bicycle program ensure no customer gets stranded, while a comfortable lobby with coffee, snacks, and wireless Internet allow customers to relax while tikes let loose in a children's playroom.
At the helm of Audio Window Tint World, Dave Bruce calls on Global Window Films and more than 20 years of tinting experience to darken glass. Films with 5%, 20%, 35%, and 50% shades obey his command to reject solar heat and UVA rays without question, especially after seeing what happened to the taillight tint that didn’t cooperate. While he works, drivers can fiddle with the TV and Xbox in the waiting lounge. Dave isn’t tied to his shop; he can easily hit the road and go mobile with his expertise, which also encompasses windshield replacements, chip repairs, and car-alarm and audio-system installations.
While a large ASE-certified logo announces their pedigree to the world, Sierra Hart Auto Center’s technicians busily service foreign and domestic vehicles beneath one of the facility’s many service bays. They deliver performance-enhancing boosts such as oil changes and full-scale repairs to keep cars in tiptop shape. Comfort and durability are locked in as the techs tweak faulty air-conditioning systems and radiators. And with the latest computer-diagnostic tools, they are able to determine vehicular health without waiting for the GPS navigator to cough. The center also offers 24-hour towing services and roadside assistance, as well as a free shuttle that escorts customers downtown and back while their cars are being serviced.