Went to the Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum located in Campo, CA for a fun day of photography with old trains and train cars being the subject matter. This is not my usual interest but it is a fun outing and a change in vision.
It was a cold and blustery day but it really was not an issue as one could photograph inside some of the cars, and when outside could set up in a relatively protected area using the trains as wind blocks. I have been here before, but I had not ventured into several of the cars before, as you need a tripod in order to
do it correctly.
|PREPARING TO BOARD|
My first car to visit housed the Post Office.
You can see how the car was set up for sorting the mail while rolling down the track. Beyond the Postal car was a series of passenger cars. As you can see there were accommodations made for segregating the riders.
Then there was the private compartments which came with
their own bathroom facilities.
In the dining car there was the galley and pantry.
In the Caboose there was a coal burning stove for heat and cooking by the staff.
Outside I took a few pictures of old trains and engines.
|OLD TRAIN DETAIL|
One very interesting engine was the Mallet 2-6-6-2 #46.
|CALIFORNIA WESTERN #110|
This is an articulated logging engine. It was designed to make tighter turns than a standard engine. Here is a link so you can learn more about them.
This engine fascinated me as I tried to visualize how it worked. I am still trying to figure it all out, but here is a brief description -
The essence of his idea combines articulation of the locomotive and compound steam use. The articulation was achieved by supporting the front of the locomotive on a bogie frame (called a Bissell truck); the compound steam system fed steam at boiler pressure to high-pressure cylinders for the main driving wheels. As the steam was exhausted from those cylinders, it was passed into a low-pressure receiver and was then sent to low-pressure cylinders to power the driving wheels on the Bissell truck.