Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Do The Locomotion

The Willits Frontier Days celebrations wouldn't be complete without demonstrations of antique railroad equipment by Roots of Motive Power. This all volunteer organization is for enthusiasts of steam power and old time heavy machinery who put in countless hours reconstructing, repairing, and operating prized examples from the past century and a half of logging and construction. This was one of the opportunities for the public to take rides around the now complete loop track these men built, and to learn a little about how such engines work. For folks with more than a passing interest, they also offer steam engineering and safety classes every April. Check their website for more information.


Anonymous said...

Gosh. What a nice photograph this is. I am happy to see it.

I used to live on Railroad Street and the train passed our house in the morning and in the evening and we got so used to it that sometimes we missed its passing.

Thanks for the memories of school days. I think during the war that schools played a different role. I know we collected everything for the war effort from milk weed seed pods (spun into parachute cloth and life preservers) to paper and scrap metal.

Olivier said...

elle est superbe cette locomotive, cela me rappelle mon vieux train électrique, j'avais une locomotive à vapeur. j'adore et suis fan de ces locomotives. Dans mon village natale, en Dordogne à Martel, ils ont remis sur les rails une vieille locomotive à vapeur pour faire un trajet touristique.

it is superb this locomotive, it reminds me of my old electric train, I had a steam locomotive. I love and am a fan of these locomotives. In my native village, in the Dordogne to Martel, they put back on track an old steam locomotive to make a tourist trip.

Marie Reed said...

If only if I could beam myelf there!

Barbara said...

Love those old train rides through history! Cheers from West Sacramento Photo of the Day.

Halcyon said...

Neat! Old trains are cool.

Lily Hydrangea said...

It's like entering a time machine. Willits looks like it is a peaceful place to live.
; )

Louis la Vache said...

"Louis" enjoys these old locomotives almost as much as he does historic ships, old airplanes and old cars!

"Louis" is happy he stopped by!

Hilda said...

Somehow, the image formed in my mind while reading your text was a bunch of little boys around their toy track and trains. ;)

USelaine said...

Abraham - And thank you for your memories. When I lived in Sacramento, the freight trains rolled right through midtown, and seemed miles long.

Olivier - The tourist train here doesn't run so much anymore, but we hope it will come back.

Marie - Thank you for beaming onto my blog! I miss your voice at PDP too.

Barbara - You are lucky to live so close to the big museum by the river. Thanks for visiting.

Halcyon - The steam powered ones are my favorites.

Lily H. - It really is nice here.

Louis - I agree! I'm glad you saw this too.

Hilda - These volunteers seem to be just that happy, and they work hard at it too. There's always something more to be worked on.

Thank you all for your comments!

Ming the Merciless said...

Ahhh...men and their fascination with machines. Are women allowed to steer the train? :-)

Kelly said...

We have a train line through our town, and I love the sound of the train whistles. I bet this one is just amazing!

USelaine said...

Ming - If any wanted to learn how, they could, but I haven't seen any take that initiative. But women are members of the organization, and at least one has been very active in north state railroad policy, so she's more of the brains than the brawn. ;^)

Kelly - Yeah, the steam whistles are so cool. I'm not a fan of the deafening air horns on the diesels though.