Rail Fair at Ardenwood ~ Monday, September 01, 2014
Nathan and I visited the Washington Township Railroad Fair at Ardenwood Park, where several small visiting steam engines were running the trains (instead of the usual four-legged motive power).
The SP narrow gauge car 1010 was open for inspection. The plumbing of this car--or rather, the lack of it, is always a fascinating detail to kids:
We also rode (and pushed) a handcar, by virtue of becoming members of the Society for Preservation of Carter Railroad Resources, rode a speeder and trailer to visit the society's barn/workshop, where some really old and not-yet-restored equipment is kept, that I have previously only know of from their website.
For the ride back, Nate got to ride in the speeder cab and had the privilege of hoking the horn! :)
A few more scenes from the day:
Eating an apple we picked ourselves:
Milking a fake cow:
Repairs to a (stub) switch:
A butterfly. I always try to take pictures of butterflies, and seldom get one, but had better luck today.
Where's this and What's Missing? ~ Sunday, August 31, 2014
this article shows what was removed, and how it looked originally (it was already pretty grimy by the time I noticed it in the 80's).
Good News about RMC ~ Saturday, August 30, 2014
Now If we could just convince them to resurrect Trolley Talk too...
Waiting for the Bus to School ~ Tuesday, August 26, 2014
All Set for the Doctor Who Marathon ~ Saturday, August 23, 2014
Last Issue of RMC ~
Looks like the issue of Rail Model Craftsman that I just picked up at the local hobby shop will be the last--I've just read that Carstens Publications is now out of business.
I liked the hobbyist-run-style of RMC much more than the "professional magazine publisher" vibe of contemporary MR.
If you're a trolley modeller and don't have a copy of the Traction Planbook yet, I suggest you should nab one at the first opportunity. Slim Gauge cars is nice, too.share:
AirBART ~ Sunday, August 17, 2014
It's a kind of elevated horizontal funicular. Trust BART to find the most "technically interesting" solution to any problem!
Saturday Morning Fun with LEGO ~ Saturday, August 16, 2014
At least it's not Bluescreened! ~ Monday, August 11, 2014
Biking and Railfanning in Fremont ~ Saturday, August 02, 2014
Nate had his camera along and took some pictures of Amtrak and BART trains.
The Pacific Bus Museum was giving one of their busses a test drive, too (they will be having an open house in a few weeks, incidentally).