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  • Trip Report T&T's Memorial Weekend Road Trip pt2 Old Sacramento

    So for anyone wondering why this is labeled pt2, pt1 was Sequoia and Kings Canyon and can be found here

    http://micechat.com/forums/other-the...gs-canyon.html

    I decided to break up the Road Trip into 3 parts because each covers a different area (Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Old Sacramento, Fresno's Underground Gardens) and they will all be photo heavy.

    My self-imposed deadline to leave Sequoia and Kings Canyon was 4pm. I wanted to be on the road and in to Sacramento by 9pm if possible. In reality we left the forest sometime around 6pm and called from a Denny's around 830pm to let everyone know we were ok. For anyone wondering... Verizon doesn't cover Sequoia... I've gotten good at bouncing between Travelocity and Priceline. I checked Priceline but Travelocity scored the best deal for the Sacramento Hotel. We stayed at the Staybridge Suites, less then 10 minutes from Old Sacramento. The Travelocity "secret" rate was $52... the regular rate for the same room was over $200. It was smaller then the Montecito, but fit our family perfect. The room was 2 double beds in the bedroom with french doors, private bath, and LCD tv. Living room with pull-out couch, LCD tv, kitchenette with appliences (even dishwasher) and granite countertops. This is a business class extended stay hotel. Needless to say for $50 we scored!


    a couple kids on the pull-out


    bedroom (sorry for the mess)


    Kitchen


    Desk with free wifi.

    So while Montecito focused on the natural beauty surrounding it... Staybridge focused on the comfort of modern technology. Our "view" was the parking lot but considering we checked in around 1130pm I had no complaints.

    Anyhow next morning it was off to Old Sacramento. First Stop... California State Railroad Museum!


    The outdoor sign


    Picture of the last spike being driven connecting the nation by rail.


    Sorry for the blur... this is the "Lost Spike" which until a few years ago no one knew existed.


    worth a read to explain what it is.


    pieces or rail etc from that day.


    They had an antique toy section


    I had to...


    the kids said Donald looked funny! I couldn't stop laughing.


    For my Lionel fans


    This is the Governor Stanford which was brought out for Stanford and at one time was actually in the Stanford University library.


    Just something to look at.
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    This is to show the surveyors who figured out where the track would go.


    I can't help but think he's saying "It's Good"


    some random stuff in a tent. I highly doubt the tents were so lovingly organized.


    My engineering friends would get a kick out of this... this is pre computer drafting and building!


    Steve can explain, this is the brake system on the Gov Stanford


    bad blurry shot of the family in front of the Gov Stanford... the lighting in this room was horrible.


    Showing the contribution of the Chinese rail workers


    WOW... all I can say... and... just WOW.


    Nevada Central


    I loved the detail on the sign


    Steve can explain Walt's love of rails... this... is a baggage car.


    Here is another baggage car, usually used to haul milk and fish from Monteray and Salinas...


    kids in the rail depot


    Once again fate worked in our favor. Memorial Weekend was the Jazz festival. While it made the overall Old Sac experience more crowded... it also provided great music and cheap parking.


    something I wouldn't want to be doing


    I have seen a LOT of cow catchers but this one is a work of art.


    why... because it looks cool!
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      The wheel detail reminded me of Disneyland


      Because you HAVE to have a shot of kids in a locomotive


      years from now I won't be allowed to show this picture to friends or family!


      Sort of a sad story... this is the last of it's kind.


      That is a big wheel

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        This is the catcher for the mail bags... time to see the mail car.


        sorting room


        more sorting for letters etc.

        Now going upstairs to look around... not much to see but the Lionel exhibit and a train on the trestle.

        this is a working steam model


        the sign


        A train on the trestle on the second story.


        Steve can figure it out.. random part that I don't know anything about.


        Baggage cart


        Kids starring at a LOT of trains.
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          Here are a few cool models









          as a business individual I would LOVE to have one of these.

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            I love trains. My father worked at the Southern pacific/union pacific railroad for years and retired from there. I used to love visiting him at work. Once I got to ride in the locomotive.

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              For the Lionel fans


              Amazing Lionel


              repair shop


              More repair shop photos


              just a cool display


              another cool display


              This guy had this in his attic! now that is cool...
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                This one was a beauty


                Looking right down the stack


                The phones tell you about the train Dad!


                Sorry for the bad lighting... this is the Huntington!


                They wanted a random photo.


                Women's WW2 contributions to the railroad.


                Technical shot for Steve.


                Looks like fun!


                The fun of the hand cart!


                repair loco... and while you're not supposed to stand on it the curator thought it would be a cute photo.


                group hug Mom...
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                  She actually started to fall asleep in the backpack!


                  The clock hung in the wall of some VP's office.


                  headlamp


                  Cool signal light.


                  I believe these are suspension springs


                  which would look similar to this


                  or this... but Steve would know better.
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                    On to the Pullman



                    Sorry for the blur... not supposed to use a flash in here.


                    looks comfy


                    The Pullman and Dining Car are part of the same exhibit.


                    Dining Kitchen


                    When I tried the flash I was blinded by silver...


                    plate displays


                    Tink loved this setting!


                    Pullman with cart


                    Dining Car exterior
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                      Like DCA... but a real one...


                      Produce car

                      Tink's grandparents were Orange farmers


                      where the ice goes!


                      Deck of the Parlor car


                      The plush insides


                      Better shot of the cars


                      Nevada car had a wood heater!


                      Our celebrated Micechat author extraordinaire! Steve you need to do a signing up here so we can all go see you!
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                        After walking around the Railroad Museum we were hungry, and looked around for a bite to eat. By sheer luck we stumbled on this place.


                        I won't say it was great by any means but it was all you can eat pizza and pasta and the kids enjoyed it.


                        The decor left a lot to be desired but what I wanted to get were the walls. Most people do not realize Old Sac was raised about 10-12ft up to keep it from flooding. This isn't a basement.. it's the original ground floor!


                        On the walk out it is amazing to realize just how high up they had to go to keep the river back.


                        As a kid I walked through these doors into the Wells Fargo Museum... now as an adult I am taking my own kids to the same place!


                        Antique copy press... could do a page in 3 minutes!


                        Gold Scales... self explanatory.


                        I love the juxtaposition of this... new portable DVD player and she plays with the old telegraph.
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                          The hired guns of the Stage Coach


                          Model of the now well known stage coach


                          gold safe as well as other memorabilia.


                          prospector case


                          cool old sign!


                          Since it was Memorial Weekend the flags were up.


                          cool old buildings


                          Jelly Belly Jelly Bean... tourist trap in the making


                          more cool old buildings


                          I loved this staircase


                          Even more buildings... now we did see a couple being remodeled so I am not sure what is original and what is "new". However just like Main Street all of them sell tourist crap now


                          lots of people due to the Jazz Festival.


                          just looked cool


                          I'm Irish


                          Firehouse
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                            More old style buildings


                            because it looked cool




                            The signs look original... at least in the "not from this time period" sort of way.







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                              This is inside the Delta King, which is a floating restaurant/hotel on a refurbished paddle wheel. I would have gotten a picture of the whole boat but people kept getting in the way.


                              Sacramento river


                              The Paddle Wheel... made the Mark Twain look tiny!


                              this gives you some indication of just how much they had to raise Old Sac way back when... the river itself was about 3-5ft below the town level.


                              They had a running Steam Train that did a small loop but the line was too long for us to go on.


                              More cool old buildings


                              This is where you got the tickets... sorry not enough time nor do I want to stand in a line when it's 90 outside!
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