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Niles Canyon is easy to get to by taking highways 880 to 580 and at Dublin turning south on 680 to Sunol Road Exit. There are a couple of restaurants in Sunol. Bowzers serves a good prime rib. Niles Canyon Railway operates every Sunday and has special events going on all year long. Golden State Railroad Museum operates out of there, too. They have steam specials with restored lounge car and the private car "Oakland". We could charter one of those cars for a meet. Paul
Niles is nice and close allowing most of our members to easily show up. Portola on the other hand is a journey especially for our Humbolt members but has a lot to offer for everyone.
I'm down for either, though the Portola trip will take some planing
Here's a link to the Portola Museum to show what they have to offer for those that haven't perused their website before.
They also have a live webcam ( I think it's still active) so you can see what the weather looks like.
That web link you provided appears to be incorrect. Did you mean:
Looks like a really cool museum! $175 to run a road diesel for an hour? Awesome!
Years ago I used to drive by Niles Canyon on the weekends to visit relatives in Fremont. Every once in a while I would see the train operating and always meant to stop by, but never did.
So, as far as I'm concerned, I would like to visit both museums!
"So, as far as I'm concerned, I would like to visit both museums!"
Exactly what I'm saying! After all we have from April when the Portola Museum reopens to the end of October when it closes to plan that trip and the Niles visit should be a CAN DO in that timeframe also, I think anyway. We could also do a Cal ST RR Museum trip to Old Sacramento you can visit the California Car Museum there also http://calautomuseum.org/ , maybe they'd even let us pet the NWP #112 at the CA ST RR Museum! :-) Thanks for the correction on the link, I think mine was their old one, but whatever works to get to the website is good! That $175 split 4 ways isn't much for 15 minute of seat time and the balloon track is only a mile . A t couple of years ago I was there when a family went out to operate one of WP switch engines. A a young couple and about a 7 year old wide eyed boy. The trainer took them aboard for cab orientation, after the class room introduction then showed them how to start the engine, then off they went horn a tootin and bell ringing it was quite neat to see.
My only issue is schedule , my schedule is done 6 weeks at a time so I would need to know tentative get together dates so I can request them off, this would be important for the Niles Canyon and Old Sac trips. Portola is an easy 2+ hr drive through Reno from South Tahoe so that's a day tripper for me.
Actually Niles wouldn't have to wait until next year depending of their days and hours of operation
Those photos would be great to see! No reason we can't do a "meet" there!
Gary, you actually met Fred Stindt, THE Fred Stindt? His NWP books have been my favorites since I was a kid! Stindt is the reason we still have NWP 112, so it doesn't come as a suprise that he can have it moved where he wants. Is Fred still with us, or has he passed away?
Zachary M. Toler