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Old 12-18-2012, 09:06 PM
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Well I got to tell you that about an hour away from where I live is the Calif State Railroad Museum. My wife won't go with me anymore as I drag any new visitor we get first to the Empire Gold Mine ( biggest producing gold mine in the world up until the 1990's , and the Empire shut down in 1957!) here in Grass Valley and then down to the Train Museum in Sacramento. It's one of the best museums in the USA. I love trains! The control bar your referring to is called "The Johnson Bar" I had to look that up as I couldn't remember it's name. Here's my old desk top picture. I saw this old guy passing through Lawrence Kansas a couple of years ago. It had been a static display in Cheyenne WY. for years in a park but finally got back on the rails. It was on its way back East. Fifteen years ago or so Sacramento hosted a Rail Fair. Old steamers came fron all over the USA to attend. There were Locomotives that were shipped from England! Can you imagine that! And we think we have a expensive hobby! It was absolutely wonderful. There are alot of people who collect private coaches and the hooked up with some of the Engines that were attending. I got my lawn chair and cooler and sat at a crossing out in farm land and watched them arrive. Absolutely breathtaking!

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