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Hillcrest Farms' Hillcrest & Wahtoke Railroad 3/10/2013

by Chris Guenzler

Chris Parker and I arrived at Hillcrest Farms in Reedley and saw the train boarding, so went straight to the ticket area, bought our tickets and boarded.

The water tower at the Hillcrest & Wahtoke Railroad.

The view from the Hillcrest station. After a safety talk, the trip started.

We headed for the first curve on this railroad.

A view looking towards the engine house.

The trees in bloom.

Future Christmas trees.

The train wa heading to the engine house.

Entering the engine house.

Crossing the access road.

More trees in bloom.

Christmas trees.

Future concrete blocks awaiting use.

The coaling tower.

Future line to the planned tunnel.

Curving into the trees.

More Christmas trees.

The train took a curve to reach Camelback Junction.

The Camelback Junction sign.

More Christmas trees.

More trees in bloom.

The train took the southwest curve on this railroad.

The train came to the little trestle.

The train going between the trees.

Let the vineyards be fruitful.

The train took the south reversing curve.

The Arm and Hammer sign.

Still on the south reversing curve.

The Convention sign.

Finishing up the south reverse curve.

A building on the farm.

Crossing another trestle.

Looking down on the future tunnel track.

Crossing another trestle.

The train took a curve.

This switch is for the future tunnel line.

Trees in bloom.

The track to the future tunnel line.

Trees in bloom.

The other leg of the wye to the future tunnel line.

Running back into the trees.

Baby Christmas trees.

Back into the trees.

The Horseshoe sign.

Trees in bloom.

Yard Limit sign.

Running through the yard.

Switches in the yard.

Trees in bloom.

Taking the curve at the access road crossing.

The train crossed the future exit road.

We have returned to the station.

Glenwood South Park and Pacific 2-8-0 13 built by Ken Kukuk in Culver City and patterned after South Pacific Coast Railroad locomotive 13.

Hillcrest and Wahtoke 12 foot gondola riding car 215.

Hillcrest and Wahtoke stock car 301.

Glenwood South Park & Pacific caboose 0305 built by Jim Holmes and Dave Adams in the early 1990's.

Here is the information of when they run.

Open seasonally with train running on the weekends

From 10 am to 5 PM

Blossom Trail: First three weekends in March
Reedley Railfeast: Third weekend in March
Pumpkin Patch: Open every weekend that touches October
Christmas Season: Opens Saturday after Thanksgiving
Pajama Christmas Night Train: Most nights in December before Christmas

Available for Train Birthday Parties by Appointment


Try to come out and ride this unique railroad.

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