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Santa Barbara Zoo by Train

by on Apr.02, 2016, under Uncategorized

Always a great trip. This was Lexi’s first train ride. All the photos.

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“We Built This City”

by on Jan.27, 2016, under Uncategorized

After some introductory remarks and a brief update on the railroad, Rob Himoto presented his new 45-minute slideshow spanning the existence of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad and its impact on the development of the City of Santa Maria. This program was held at the Santa Maria Library’s Shepard Hall (421 S. McClelland Street). All the pics:



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Tioga Pass

by on Aug.04, 2015, under Uncategorized

Rob and I ventured to San Diego for a shortline meeting and we got to stay on the Tioga Pass the entire time and ride it back to L.A. from San Diego. All the pics:


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12 Years BCWRR.ORG

by on Jun.10, 2015, under Uncategorized

I just recently passed the 12-year mark of doing the website for the Bitter Creek Western Railroad. It’s a very old design (sort of Jurassic in html history), but still seems to do the job. Very photo-heavy site (many of which I’ve taken over the years).



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Vandenberg Harbor

by on Nov.13, 2014, under Uncategorized

Many times I’ve pointed from the train to the “Vandenberg Harbor” and told fellow travelers that rocket segments come in by boat now and then. But I’ve never actually seen it happen before. Well, here we go! I have this vague recollection of helping get funds to dredge that harbor in a previous life. See the train go by in the background (left) at the 4:15 mark (or so). See a fast-motion video of a ship arriving, unloading rocket segments, and leaving – click here (from the Lompoc Record).


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112-foot Chocolate Train

by on May.09, 2013, under Uncategorized

How could I resist mentioning this?… Trains AND chocolate! Click here for an article and more pics.

World News - Nov. 19, 2012

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