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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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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