Railtown 1897…

Cutting Edge Technology (100 years ago)

Sticking to our theme of “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” we went on a historic rail ride yesterday that wasn’t even a part of our plans. On our drive from Yosemite to Lodi, we drove through the Gold Rush area of California, and stopped in Jamestown for some ice creme and shopping, and then noticed a Historic Railtown sign pointing up a hill that said ‘2 blocks’ so we turned – what a treat! We stumbled on Railtown 1897, one of the oldest steam trains in the USA still running, and turns out they only give rides on the weekends, so for $6 each we were on our way!

Life Lingers Along the Tracks

As well as being one of the oldest, this station and its #28 train is the longest running steam train in the country – after it stopped running for mining, it became a movie train, and has been in over 200 movies and hundreds of commercials and TV shows, such as Back to the Future III, Little House on the Praire, Unforgiven, among others.

Engine pulling around to take us back to station.

My favorite: a one-man hand-powered train! What fun!

For those of you who enjoy trains (or were alive back when these were modern) you might enjoy the 60 picture Railtown 1897 Gallery of the trains and roundhouse that I took during the ride and tour of the buildings.

Roses were in full bloom all over town.

Seems they still do some things the old fashioned way…

It is now Sunday evening. Just finished a day with another CP Team member, and will be about Temple Baptist Church next. Tomorrow we enjoy San Francisco.

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Karl Bastian is the founder of Kidology.org, the creator of ToyboxTales.com, and the author of OrderoftheAncient.com. His personal website is Kidologist.com He is Big Kid with a passion for equipping and encouraging those who minister to children.

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