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Trolley and Monsters in Petaluma ~ Saturday, July 14, 2018

I've been keeping an eye on the Petaluma Trolley Project online (petalumatrolley.org) for a few years but have never managed to see their restored trolley. Yesterday we passed through town and it was out in the yard.

Some interesting creations were poking over the fence across the street, too. A passerby told me the creator takes them to Burning Man, and that some of them breathe fire.

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Apricots ~ Monday, July 02, 2018

I've been keeping an eye on in an abandoned orchard on my way to work (it's behind the Symantec building on Middlefield, somewhere around the border between Mountain View and Sunnyvale, which long ago was the home of Netscape). Back around March I thought maybe all the trees were dead but eventually they blossomed and grew leaves again. This morning I was curious if they had ever produced any fruit. It turns out that they are apricot trees, and I was almost too late--looks like they all just ripened and mostly fell onto the ground already, but recently enough that you can still find plenty of good ones.

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Catenary Support ~ Saturday, June 23, 2018

Seen at San Bruno.

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Happy Father's Day ~ Sunday, June 17, 2018

Wini has had 18 years to observe my quirks, and knew that the nicest thing she could get me was jam!

Nate drew me a card. He seems to like my jokes :)

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Rectangular Itinerary ~

It's summer vacation, and Nate spent last week going to a camp at the Hiller Aviation Musuem. They built model rockets, and on Friday they went to Alameda to launch them (model rocketry has become much more regulated then when I tried it as a kid, and I think Alameda may be the closest place where there is an organization officially licensed for launching). They also toured the USS Hornet.

The kids went by school bus. Parents who wanted to watch needed to provide their own transportation. Mine was a combination of bike, CalTrain, ferry, BART, AC Transit, and the Dumbarton Express bus.

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Moss Landing and Back ~ Monday, June 11, 2018

Nate and I drove down on Sunday to join a group kayaking around Elkhorn Slough.

Sorry, no pix from the boat. Not getting my phone that close to water!

On the way, we went by the village of Aromas (smelled fine) to see the Graniterock quarry. This is where the trainloads of rocks that get delivered to the port of Redwood City originate from. (There may be a GRCX switcher in the company's distinctive orange and green colors on the property--I saw one once from the Coast Starlight--but we couldn't get a good look inside the plant).

In Moss Landing there's a caboose that came from the SN. Currently it's an upscale Mexican restaurant.

On the way back we got dinner at a taqueria in Watsonville, and dessert at La Michoacana Paleteria y Nieveria, an ice cream shop with interesting flavors (tequila!), as well as familiar ones--and darn good!

We swung by the former Watsonville SP station (now a warehouse--for Graniterock) and headed home.

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Siemens LRV Sighting ~ Friday, June 08, 2018

Just now at the Glen Park stop on the J.

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Switch Machine Repair in 1:1 ~ Friday, June 01, 2018

Saw this crew at work on the VTA by Mtn View.

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Evening Work on the CalTrain Line ~ Wednesday, May 30, 2018

I saw a crew at work up on the elevated viaduct in San Carlos, while making a late evening run to the supermarket last night.

This may be part of CalTrain's ongoing Electrification/Modernization project, but I'm not sure.

You can click on the pictures to see a bigger version.

While I stopped to watch, a southbound freight passed by.

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Trouble on the Line Today ~ Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Not a "tresspasser strike" or any such euphemism today, just a breakdown.

CalTrain doesn't normally use mid-train helpers, but in this case a broken down train got a push from the one behind it.

Meanwhile they're operating single track. My train is late but showed up while I was writing this.

The people on the "pusher" train have probably been stuck on there for a while now...

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