BEFORE THERE WERE SPRAYCANS ,THERE WERE POCKET KNIVES

It is a shame most visitors to Orange Empire Railway Museum (OERM) do not notice this small building near the Museum entrance. A visit to the building reveals many examples of old graffiti carved into the exterior siding boards. The visitor will be rewarded with  a little wider perspective about railroad history. A warning: some of what the visitor will discover is not “politically correct” by today’ standards. But, this is OK, because museums are places where “telling like it really was”  is encouraged, if not required, as it is at OERM. I consider some of the carvings as benchmarks from which we may measure our progress toward a civil society.

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A FEW MINUTES AT EGBERT, NEBRASKA

A few years ago, as I was heading east to North Platte on US 30, I pulled off the highway at egbert. For me, it was just a name on maps of the Union Pacific Railroad and I wanted to see what was there. These images are the result of the impromptu visit. For some reason unknown to me, the raw images are overexposed. I have attempted to “fix” them and I apologize for the less than good color rendition.

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A NICE CALIFORNIA SATURDAY and MY PENTAX K 20D

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#525 on demonstration loop after crossing Broadway.

THIS IS NOT EAST LOS ANGELES

THIS IS NOT EAST LOS ANGELES< BUT IT WILL DO>

LAST RUN AND HEADING TO BARN FOUR.

LAST RUN AND HEADING TO BARN FOUR.

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When completed, this turnout will connect OERM mainline to rapid transit line.

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The new frog for turnout.

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VC-2 and train ready to leave for Perris.

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Stars of the show!

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Pacific Electric #717 returning to Pincate Station.

Sometimes I takes a break from the shop, venture out into the sunlight, and see what is going on at OERM. Saturday was no different. I had spent an hour in the machine shop making a drill guide for Phil. He needed one in order to drill lag bolt pilot holes in the ties of the new turnout being constructed in the parking lot, next to the machine shop. The 942 was running on the mainline and VC-2 was steamed-up. I promised my wife I would be home by 5:30 and it was 3:00. Plenty of time so long as I left by 4:00. These images were duly made and I got home on time. Phil has the drill guide. A perfect day, all made possible by fifty years of hard work by the members of OERM.

The Old Machinist

 

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