On our trip we visited some train and plane museums. What is it about old trains, planes and cars that attract old guys like my Mr. Dreamy? (Old farts enjoying relics, like themselves? Ahem, sorry Mr. Dreamy, I guess I am as much a relic and you are!) It must have something to do with that "Y" chromosome and the fact that one of the first sounds little boys make are engine noises as they scoot their toys across the floor.
Included among the 'transportation' museums we visited on this trip:
Old trains are one of Mr. Dreamy's favorite things. Perhaps it is because his dad and grand dad worked on the railroad... it is in his blood.
I have to admit, even I would have enjoyed the ride a bit more with all of that clanging and hissing! However, I did find it very interesting that a 'fire car' had to follow our train up and down the track. Although it isn't likely, the State requires the fire car to make sure that any possible fire ignited by sparks is taken care of quickly.
We Dreamers were on our way into Yosemite when Mr. Dreaming noticed a sign, and took an immediate detour, to the Sugar Pine Railroad. Once again, we missed the opportunity for a steam locomotive trip (wrong day of the week), but we did get to experience something totally different. We took a "Jenny Car" ride. Jenny cars, powered by Model "A" engines, were used for maintenance of rail lines. The Sugar Pine rail company has refitted the cars to take a few passengers on a loop following an old logging line. Along the way, our 'driver' enlightened us regarding the history of logging in the area.