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Half Moon Bay's Other Station ~ Saturday, February 21, 2015

You may have come across an old station building on the south end of Half Moon Bay (on the way to the beach), preserved as a small   home.

This was the Ocean Shore Ry's Arleta Station, somewhat fancy by OSRy standards. It was planned as the center of a real estate development, but Arleta never took off.

The official Half Moon Bay station was closer to town and fairly humble. It still exists, but has been moved. It's current location turns out to be close to a school where Nate has been playing basketball on Saturdays, so today we took a look.

The big white building in the background is the Johnson House, and is 160 years old.

Across the road is a nice farmhouse with barn, etc, still a working farm. Interesting subjects in their own right.

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Fwd: Caboose BBQ ~ Saturday, February 14, 2015

This place is in Half Moon Bay, CA. We had lunch there  today, and it's pretty good.

HMB was once a stop on the Ocean Shore Ry, but I'm pretty sure this caboose is not from that line, since it's steel and the OSRy folded in 1921.

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Rainy Day ~ Sunday, February 08, 2015

Been entirely too long since we've run any trains around here!

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How they Make Ice Cream at Smitten ~ Sunday, February 01, 2015

With liquid nitrogen!

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Construction at Mtn View VTA Station ~ Friday, January 30, 2015

The VTA is double-tracking a single-track part of their light rail line though Mtn View. Construction is underway at MV station. Looks like the existing storage track will become the start of the new 2nd track, so they're building a new storage track in the middle. The first step is to dig a fairly deep trench.

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Giant Ad-Wrap ~ Monday, January 26, 2015

Everyone seems to be talking about some other sport right now, but I just rode home on this cool ad-wrap SF Giants CalTrain bike car.

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Santa on Transit ~ Saturday, December 13, 2014

CalTrain, Muni, and BART are full of Santas today, going to SF SantaCon.

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SJ Rainbow Tigers After Dark ~ Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I never knew that their eyes glowed!

This is at the San Fernando VTA light rail stop, close to the main San Jose railway station.

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Repair Shop Signs ~

We're at the San Jose Children's Discovery Museum, which has a temporary exhibit on "fixing things".

They have a big sign made of pictures of dozens of old repair shop signs--I need to reproduce some of these in a N scale city!

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Recycling a Balloon Clip as a Clamp ~ Sunday, November 16, 2014

If you're throwing a birthday party for your kid with helium balloons, be sure to nab the plastic clips afterwards for your toolbox, because they make pretty good clamps to hold models while the glue is drying.

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