|A great logo for a great museum.|
|Driving a locomotive weighing thousands of pounds is pretty exciting stuff after riding an 8-900-pound motorcycle.|
|Our instructor, Charlie, getting us up-to-speed on running this big machine.|
|We patched out in horn-blowing.|
|I'm thinking now that the best view from a train is from inside the cab.|
|What's not to like about driving a locomotive ...|
These are very dedicated people who work and volunteer and as we were quite curious about the problem that might have prevented us doing our drive, so we got the skinny on what turned out to be a derailment.
They were moving some cars and with all the rain they had had, the ground was soft, and when the cars went over the rails, the rails moved, with some of the wheels coming off the track and hitting the ground. It was going to take at least a few weeks to get them all back on the tracks, and the locomotive rentals going again.
We were very fortunate that we were so persistent the previous day, so we got do to our train driving. What a thrill … a big locomotive going down the track, tons of metal doing what you asked it to do. But maybe the best part was blowing the horn … multiple times. We were like kids in a candy store, but this was even better than candy. Woo woo. Here we come.
After we finished our driving we spent a few hours wandering around, looking at all the different trains there … and it’s quite a collection. We were fascinated with how many are here, and what great restoration has been done on some.
|There were so many railcars and locomotives it was hard to see everything, but we made an attempt.|
|Always a personal favorite, a rotary snow blower.|
|My favorite logo, with the Feather River Route.|
|Another snow mover, a wedge plow ... zebra stripes rock. This plow was built in 1949, and looks like it needs a little work yet, but sure is a cool looking machine.|
|One thing in the shop was this old railroad light ... that still works.|
|The name apparently fits. Some of the derailed cars in the background.|
|You can see where the track moved from and to.|
|On the ground.|
We finally figured we'd seen everything and we headed back to the lodge for a bite to eat, and a dip in the pool and hot tub. What a great way to end a day.