Featuring 'more than 80 pieces of retired' railroad rolling stock and locomotives, this transportation history museum also has busses and fire trucks. There is at least one model layout and a room of model trains on the shelves. Much of the outside equipment is exactly as it was when the railroad retired it, pretty shabby, but functional. Inside, there are restored wooden cars for transporting milk in bulk, preishable fruits, and a bunk car for workers. Also you will find passenger cars and two steam locomotives.
There are four steam locomotives and four or more diesels. Non-revenue cars are six caboose or transfer cars, most are red in color, and a ballast spreader, self-propelled crane, a burro crane on a flat car, and the bunk car.
So much to see, you cannot grasp it all in one trip; don't expect kids to be able to see everything, how on earth could they remember it all?
We took the short train ride billed as a 'demo-ride.' It is short but you get ot see how the train goes through a switch. The coach used had new covers on the seats. On warm days they use the two cabooses which have been modified to be well protective for little children to not fall off. Still a good idea for parents to hold their hand. One of the diesels provides the power.
New this year is the miniature train ride. It was not operating the day we were there, but just its presence recalls to memory the one we had in Knoxville at the fair grounds which was operated by a local civic club. As usual, the museum can only operate the equipment they hav ethe volunteer staff available for. The public should realize tha tfor the price, these non-profit venues don't have paid staffs with everything operating unitl 6 pm or later each day.
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