If there was no ready at hand supply of water for the steam donkey that a mule brought water in paniers from the nearest water source. Here’s a mule at work …..
We have a train wreck on our G Scale layout, The Mendocino Coast Railroad & Navigation Co. Visitors ask if there really were train wrecks along the Mendocino Coast. The answer is “yes”. Alas, I don’t know exactly where the wreck in these two photos took place. Please contact me if you have info on … Continue reading
Recently whilst wife Sarah and I were in England we visited Minehead and took a ride on the West Somerset Railway (WSR). The WSR is a 22.75-mile heritage steam railway line in Somerset, England. It originally opened in 1862 between Taunton and Watchet. In 1874 it was extended from Watchet to Minehead. It is the longest standard gauge independent … Continue reading
We’re just back from a trip to England. It was great to stand and admire a genuine fish shop.
A lady at our train layout asked me what the relationship was like between the Pomo and the white man. I told her the white man exterminated the Pomo. She did not like what I told her. Here’s a ghastly piece of history taken from a site called http://www.chrisanddavid.com. Clear Lake Massacre or the Bloody … Continue reading
It’s 1885, the No. 2 locomotive “Daisy” has just completed her trial run on the Caspar & Hare Creek Railroad. The locomotive was tasked with transporting logs to the sawmill in Caspar. The new locomotive was built by Baldwin in Philadelphia; parts were boxed and shipped around Cape Horn; they arrived from San Francisco on … Continue reading
How long have “our” coastal redwoods existed? Well, a search for diamonds in Canada’s far north turned up a rare fossil — a chunk of a redwood sealed in volcanic rock more than 50 million years ago. A search for diamonds in Canada’s far north turned up a rare fossil — a chunk of a redwood sealed … Continue reading
Russian Gulch State Park today is a popular place for events, weddings, camping and such. In 1867 L.E. Ballister & Co. had a mill there. From 1878 to 1888 Prince Grey had a shingle mill there which which was taken over by Eugene Brown in 1888. From 1918 to some time in the 1920’s Gray and … Continue reading