Thursday, October 4, 2012

Model Trains

Tuesday our third choice museum was the Model Train Museum.  We were tired and hot and not real sure if we would go.  But we decided why not, it won't take long.  Well, we were wrong.  It took a long time because it is a fabulous museum.  As the website says it is the largest model train museum in the USA.  Be sure to click on exhibits and then by each picture click on the name of the exhibit.  It tells about building to scale each exhibit.  Just looking at them, you would almost think it was the real thing. 

Just looking at this, you could be on the highway looking at the trains going by.

All through the different exhibits there were walkways for the men controlling the trains.  Sorry about the reflections, protective glass.

This is the steps down to the control room of one set of trains. 
Women played a large part in railroads' success
Trestles real or on a scale model are extremely difficult to build.  I hope you read about them on the website. 

Again, doesn't this look as if it is a real track and workers?

This one is amazing.  The darkness behind the trestle is a "deep" canyon.

Long, long, train.  The top one wound through multiple tunnels at the same time.
This is the same train going around a horseshoe curve.  No beginning nor end.  The man at the top left is at a viewing window on the backside of this exhibit. 

After rooms of exhibits showing famous tracks around Southern California, we came to a room that said Toy Trains.  It was a town with cars, stores, bus stations, people, and multiple tracks of trains.  There was so much to see, it was hard to take in everything.  We kept seeing just one more thing. 

I had to take a picture of this service station, Standard Oil.  Marty spent 40+  years working for them.
After nearly an hour taking pictures that were blurry because the trains were racing past, I had a thought.  Damn I have video on this phone.  I took three videos that are great.  Unfortunately, I can't get them to load.  I will keep trying, but don't hold your breath.  I have been down this road before.  If they ever load I will do another post.
This is a museum we will for sure take my brother and his wife. 


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