Railroad Museum -- 2004, Part 2 of 2
Photos taken August 26, posted September 6, 2004
2004, Herbert E. Lindberg

The standard gage track layout was truly spectacular, but a bit difficult to photograph because children of all ages were milling around and pushing buttons as fast as they could with both hands. It was very satisfying to see all this joy and enthusiasm, and I hope Thomas Sefton feels these vibrations from his contribution.

Lengthwise view of the central part of the standard-size track layout.

Side-on view of bridges in the same track layout.
(Note the person reflected in the display window).

Closer view of upper two bridges and scenes below them.

Three quarter view of track, village, and upper two bridges.

There were also several well-executed dioramas of steam engines in action.

Logging steam engine diorama.

Diorama of steam engines at round house and water tank.

Full-size steam engine on balcony, viewed from the model train exhibit.

Part of several wood train hands-on layouts.

I had time to snap a few pictures of the full-size trains on the main floor before the grandchildren got too hungry to wait for Fat City any longer.

Switch engine on main floor.

Another classic steam engine among rail cars.

Full-size mockup of a small-town railroad station.

Kitchen in "action" on the dining car.

This only skims the surface of the museum, of course. In addition to the recent model train collection, construction of the railroad equipment displays in the balcony are now complete (at least they seemed so as I hurried by to catch up with the grandchildren). I close with a small version of The Last Spike painting near the foot of the stairs to the balcony.

Center with shovel: Leland Stanford
Mark Hopkins (49) and Charles Crocker (53) are center right (see below)


The following, and last, page of this series is primarily of family interest, as we continued to Old Town for lunch and a bit of shopping.

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