EARLY DAYS AT ORANGE EMPIRE RAILROAD MUSEUM

I was not yet a member of the museum during the time these photographs were taken as I was busy with my new career and family. However, I managed to get some time set aside to visit interesting places on weekends by combining my  desire to introduce my sons to the part of the world we inhabit and my own interest in anything concerning railroads. These day-long excursions somehow always seemed to involve transportation modes – ships, ports, airplanes and airports, and, of course, railroads.  What is more appropriate than visiting a trolley car museum. I had no idea at that time I would become a working member of the steam locomotive crew nor that I would ply my machinist trade in the shop as I do today. My sons and I enjoyed our visits then and I enjoy the the time I am now spending at the museum on shop projects. I hope these old slides bring back memories of the early days at the museum and serve as a benchmark for a measure of the remarkable changes that led to the museum we see and photograph today.

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About THE OLD MACHINIST

I am 82 years old and wed for 65 years. I am a retired engineer and spent 35 years developing INS gyroscopes. I am a High School mentor in physics, mountaineer, model builder, machinist and have a degree in Physics. My interests include railroad history and photography, science history, cosmology, interesting people, and old engineering drawings. I place a high value on my friendships. I enjoy life and am looking forward to the future with my usual sense of anticipation and curiosity.
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One Response to EARLY DAYS AT ORANGE EMPIRE RAILROAD MUSEUM

  1. Loren Martens says:

    Dear OLD MACHINIST,
    I too was 80 last December. A Modeler of Santa Fe, Historian, retired Operating Engineer and studied to be a draftsman, I love ACAD. This is a great site and I commend you.
    Check out U-Tube HOLT 111 . It is a replica from an original HOLT crank shaft and everything else was built here in Ontario, CA. Don got Benjimin Holt’s parts sheets from Peoria and I drew it up on ACAD. This is the begining of Caterpiller Tractor Co.
    Loren

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