Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Sacramento Trip Report, Railroad and Old Town Edition

At the Railroad Museum, we met a remarkable man in his 80s who was an retired employee of the Southern Pacific Railroad, and had met Reagan along with a group of his railroad colleagues. He was dressed in his conductor's uniform, and his eyes shined brightly when I asked him about his career and meeting with Reagan. Virtually all of the museum guides were retired railroad employees who volunteered their time to show people the railroad cars and answer questions.

I wish I had more time to spend at the museum, but Russell was not in the mood to tour the locomotives and passenger cars so we breezed through most of the displays and headed upstairs to the toy train displays. As it turned out, both Russell and Punky loved the Lionel trains and could have stayed there all day.

Russell admires a miniature steam locomotive at the California State Railroad Museum Posted by Picasa

One of the many engines that once moved along the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks Posted by Picasa

Ronald Reagan's legacy: He funded the California State Railway Museum when he was the Governor Posted by Picasa

Inside the first class dining car Posted by Picasa

Russell attempts to climb into a sleeping car berth at the museum Posted by Picasa

It was Gold Rush Days in Old Sacramento...sponsored by Wells Fargo Posted by Picasa

Punky and Russell onboard the horse-drawn carriage in Old Sacramento once again Posted by Picasa

The Wells Fargo stagecoach in Old Sacramento Posted by Picasa


At 4:37 PM, Blogger Felice Luftschein said...

Time to build a garden railway!

Henry says, "who are those kids? I can visit them?"

At 12:49 PM, Blogger Da Man said...

We're thinking about a train ride up to Seattle next year. Perhaps we can meet along the way?


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