Trolley Modeling in N Scale

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On the CalTrain Bike Car ~ Monday, March 12, 2018

One of these riders evidently has frequently-changing travel patterns, and has found a novel solution to tagging their bike.

The other, I'm guessing, works at NASA Ames!

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Valley of the Heart's Delight ~ Friday, March 09, 2018

This was a nickname for the Santa Clara Valley 100 years ago, when it was full of orchards, and the interurban Peninsular Ry ran "blossom specials" in the spring.

There are still a few bits left, like this one next to the VTA light rail line. A few weeks ago when it rained, a bunch of yellow flowers came up, but I saw no sign of life from the trees. But it looks like at least a few are still going and were just waiting for later spring.

This plot of land is behind a Symantec office. 20 years ago, this was where Netscape was. But in Silicon Valley, even 20 years ago is ancient history!

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Who ya Gonna Call? ~ Thursday, March 08, 2018

Seen around RWC.

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History Weekend at the SF Mint ~ Sunday, March 04, 2018

Representing the Bernal Heights History Project (http://www.bernalhistoryproject.org), my dad set up this layout to illustrate the history of the Bernal Cut. It contains contributions from both Wini and Nathan! 

At the history weekend we also learned about a completely vanished neighborhood called Irish Hill, saw an Ohlone American Indian greeting ceremony, and the preserved head of the famous bandit Joaquin Murieta (a replica... I think!)

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Rainbow and Catenary ~ Friday, March 02, 2018

A nice combination of natural and man-made aesthetics!

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Vintage Cable Car Pictures from the San Carlos Depot Cafe ~ Monday, February 19, 2018

We are very sad that the Depot Cafe in the San Carlos station has gone out of business. They had good breakfasts, and it was a convenient place to get a coffee to go before getting on CalTrain.

The station area is being built up with new housing, generally a good thing around here, but meanwhile all the most convenient parking has become a construction site, and the fact that it's difficult to actually get to the cafe took away a big chunk of their patronage. 

The place was full of train pictures and they had a silent auction to sell them off, where I just picked up this set of 4 cable car pictures,  which they told me were out of an "Americana Calendar" from 1954. Also a RR pin from Hawai'i, and a T-shirt from the construction project that built the elevated tracks through San Carlos and Belmont. 

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Typewriter ~ Wednesday, February 14, 2018

I can never pass by a pile of junk with a "free" sign without looking. Today I came across a real find--a Smith-Corona manual typewriter.

It works!

Nate decided to use it for his homework.

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