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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:

Crank organs:

Eating an apple we picked ourselves:

Feeding goats:

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.

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Where's this and What's Missing? ~ Sunday, August 31, 2014

A quiz for Bay Area locals.


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).

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Good News about RMC ~ Saturday, August 30, 2014

Rail Model Craftsman is being taken over by White River Productions:


Now If we could just convince them to resurrect Trolley Talk too...

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Waiting for the Bus to School ~ Tuesday, August 26, 2014

We've been talking about this all summer; Nate is very excited!

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All Set for the Doctor Who Marathon ~ Saturday, August 23, 2014

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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.

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AirBART ~ Sunday, August 17, 2014

BART's new connection to the Oakland airport is opening this fall; we just saw a test train cross over us (riding the Capitol Corridor).

It's a kind of elevated horizontal funicular. Trust BART to find the most "technically interesting" solution to any problem!

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Saturday Morning Fun with LEGO ~ Saturday, August 16, 2014

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At least it's not Bluescreened! ~ Monday, August 11, 2014

Not much info up on this automated sign at the Mountain View VTA/CalTrain station right now!

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Biking and Railfanning in Fremont ~ Saturday, August 02, 2014

Nate and I took a bike ride through Quarry Lakes Park, in Fremont. The route went along creek levies, under several railway bridges, and led to an ice cream shop.

Nate had his camera along and took some pictures of Amtrak and BART trains.

Nate's picture!

By Nate

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).

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