A few weeks ago after almost 12 months of travel for work, I was finally home for the year, as was one of my co-workers. As he just moved to Sacramento and also is learning to use a DSLR, we decided to spend a day at the train museum. my memory on some of the info is a little foggy, so if anybody here knows if some of the facts I mention are off a little, please feel free to fix em! Here are some pics for those of you who haven't been, those who have, and those who like photo trip reports!
We started out near the Cab-Forward engine:
A painting of the last spike ceremony. The picture doesn't show how HUGE this painting really is!
I can't remember the story behind the spike, but I think it is one of three that were made for the last spike ceremony:
The rear of the cab-forward train. Notice how much fuel the tender could hold!
Across from the cab-forward is this engine. I really like how they used the mirrors to see under the train.
Uh-oh. Number 13. This must be an evil train!
Ahh....the "empire" train...That explains the black paint, and the number....
Pay no mind to the goofball with the camera.......
More of the Cab-Forward engine. The design came for the need of protecting engineers from the toxic smoke that they would encounter in the snow tunnels that covered the tracks in mountain areas. This is the last one left on the planet, the rest were scrapped. This particular engine is cosmetically restored, but not functionally restored. One of the volunteers at the museum mentioned that due to the huge size of the engine, it could no longer navigate the current curved radius tracks that are used.
This thing is HUGE!
The area of a steam train where the piston usually is:
A display of a steam engine and some repair tools:
A postal car:
A interior shot of the postal car:
Check out those wages!
We found the description of the criminals funny:
Another shot of the interior, and some letters/post cards
Old news article. Notice the carrier packin heat!
The rear of another steam train. Notice that the tender holds a little more than half of the cab-forward:
Not sure what this is called:
NOT an 80's Australian group!
Interior of a steam loco cab. Look at the seat. No lumbar support, no heated seats, no seatbelt!
Close-up of a driver:
The drive wheels on these were almost 6' tall!
I think I was told this was the last functional steam train there that would run on wood and not oil
A passenger diesel:
Some shots of a stream-lined car. I love the aluminum look these had:
Some old ads for Pullman cars:
Random lamp shot!
The green car simulates riding the rails:
the inside of one of the cars. The passages are pretty narrow:
More interior shots. The seats could fold out into beds, with a length of 6'2"!
When you retire, you want it QUIET!
The kitchen of the diner car:
The following shots are of various dishes used by different lines:
A shot of the slide show inside of one of the reefer cars. Notice Hank Williams Jr loading produce when he wasn't touring:
The boilerplate for the above engine (I think)
This guy would not move for the photo!
They had Cal-Trans workers back then too!
The following shots are upstairs. The first ones are from a donated collection of old-time toy trains, mostly Lionel that were donated when the original owner died. It really is quite impressive, even if you are not into toy (or model) trains
Remember, this transformer was designed for KIDS!
The shots of the layout do not use the rare cars of the collection, but the layout is huge! There are several buttons to push that may start a train, turn lights on/off, etc...It also goes to night from time to time. I apologize for the glare from the glass
One of the locos that ran had a camera hooked up to the front to give a neat first person view of the layout. I think it was this one:
More layout shots:
Shots of various gauges of model trains available:
Misc. shots of the area around the Capital, and inside:
Looking towards the back of the Capital:
WORST placement of a sundial. Ever.
This lake usually has rainbow trout in it and several waterfalls. No trout, no falls this time
Inside the Capital:
Grizzly carving on the bannister:
View towards the bridge. Well, if there was no tree in the way:
The following needs some explaining. There are paintings of all the governors of California. Most are extremely realistic paintings. Except Jerry Brown's. For some reason, I like it. I do not know why.
Outside of the Attorney General's:
Some Misc. night shots from around the Capital. Not taken during this trip, but it ties in!
Alien lights! Alien lights!
The front of the Capital:
Ball Sculpture! Notice the lack of fountains
Some other weird things:
Finally, whenever you visit the train museum, remember to drink the Night Train!