All aboard ! Now this is a cool place!

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All aboard !  Now this is a cool place! 

 

This past weekend I was in Sacramento to see the Steve Miller Band.   Our hotel was just a few blocks from Old Town Sacramento.  Located in Old Town Sacramento is the California State Railroad Museum.   I think the last time I was there was for my youngest daughter's third grade field trip.  (maybe even second grade)   She is well into her twenties now so that was a few years ago.    I asked my girlfriend, Kelly if she would be interested in seeing the museum.  I could tell that she wasn't really excited about seeing a bunch of trains, it was after all her birthday weekend, but she said sure let's go. 

Califronia State Railroad MuseumCalifronia State Railroad Museum

 

If you have never been to the California State Railroad Museum, you should check it out the next time you are in the area.   This is a first class museum, one of the most popular railroad museums in North America.   In addition to learning about railroading you will also learn some history of early California.  The museum is staffed with several very well informed docents that are more than willing to tell you about the locomotives, passenger cars, railroad equipment and about life riding the rails. 

Califronia State Railroad MuseumCalifronia State Railroad Museum

 

One of the most interesting displays was the mail car and the gentleman hanging out in the mail car.  His name was Lee and he had actually worked on mail cars back in the 60's.    Now Lee could tell a story, and you could tell you loved telling it.   We learned everything there was to know about working the mail car in the 1960's.   Even why the postal employees that worked the mail train were issued handguns. 

Lee and the mail carCalifronia State Railroad Museum

 

Another very cool display was the Southern Pacific Cab Forward Locomotive # 4294.   This locomotive is MASSIVE.   It is different from other locomotives in that the cab is in the front (forward).   The reason for this was so that the crew did not suffocate in the many tunnels and snow sheds they traveled through in the Sierra Nevada.  Did I mention that this thing was HUGE, the drive wheels alone stand just over five feet tall.   Of the 256 Cab Forward Locomotives built for Southern Pacific this is the only one left in existence.   SP 4294 was in service from March 19,1944 to March 5,1956. 

Southern Pacific 4294Southern Pacific 4294

For myself I was like a kid in a very large toy store.  I have always like trains and the California State Railroad Museum is great way to spend a few hours in Sacramento.   Now back to Kelly.  While she did admit that she didn't at first think a railroad museum would be very interesting she had to admit that she thought it was Very Cool.  

Southern Pacific 4294Southern Pacific 4294

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Jim Patton - Realtor, Short Sale Specialist, CDPE

Century 21 M&M and Associates

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The author of this blog, Jim Patton, is a full time Realtor with Century 21 M&M and Associates.  Jim is a Central California Short Sale Specialist who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin counties. Call Jim Patton at 209-633-2839.

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Kathy Sheehan
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Jim, I will put this on my bucket list.  My Great-Grandfather worked for the railroad in the early 1900's.  I would love to see and learn about the history.

Jul 18, 2012 05:12 AM #1
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You will not be disappointed Kathy. 

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Jim... Okay so I'm officially jealous!  Both my Granddad's worked the lines in fact I have a key that one of them used when operating trains.  I could easily spend an entire day in here checking out and learning more about these amazing iron horses!   

Jul 18, 2012 04:18 PM #3
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Jim Patton
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John - If you ever make it to northern Ca you should not miss this then.   It would be easy to spend the whole day there.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Irene Durocher
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Hi Jim, a beautiful collection of vintage trains. I will be sure to visit the museum if I am ever

in Sacramento area. For now thanks for sharing the photos with us.

Have a fabulous day.

Jul 20, 2012 07:10 AM #5
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Glad you enjoyed the photos Irene.

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