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Travel Town Visit and Train Ride 10/16/2016

by Chris Guenzler

We next drove to Travel Town for our final stop of the day.

Travel Town Museum

Travel Town Museum is a transport museum dedicated on December 14, 1952, and located in the northwest corner of Los Angeles, California's Griffith Park. The history of railroad transportation in the western United States from 1880 to the 1930s is the primary focus of the museum's collection, with an emphasis on railroading in Southern California and the Los Angeles area.

East Valley Lines

Located behind a roll-up door in the main exhibit hall, the East Valley Lines Model Rail-Road N Gauge Club operates their extensive layout.

Miniature train excursions

Tickets can be purchased to ride the Travel Town Railroad, a 16 in gauge miniature railway for two circles around the museum grounds. This railway originally ran a train known as the Melody Ranch Special, which was once owned by Gene Autry. Its namesake originates from the Gene Autry film Melody Ranch. The passenger coaches are now covered and the original steam engine (which was sabotaged beyond economical repair) has been replaced with Courage, a chain-driven internal combustion motor housed within a facade representing a steam locomotive. This railroad is one of three miniature railway train rides within Griffith Park. The others are the 18 1/2 in gauge Griffith Park & Southern Railroad and the 7 1/2 in gauge miniature railway at the Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum. The latter is independently operated.

We walked into Travel Town and started looking around.

LA Railway Horse Flat Car.

Southern Pacific Atlantic 4-4-2 3025.

Santa Maria Valley Railroad Mikado 2-8-2 1000.

Southern Pacific 0-6-0 1273.

Los Angeles Harbor Department 0-4-0T 31 built 1921 by Davenport.

Los Angeles Harbor Department 0-4-0T 32 built 1914 by Alco.

Pickering Lumber Company Heisler 2 built 1918.

Camino-Placerville & Lake Tahoe 3-Truck Shay 2 built in 1922 by Lima.

Western Pacific 2-8-0 26 built by Alco in 1909.

Sharp & Fellows Railroad Contractor Prairie 2-6-2 7 built in 1902.

Stockton Terminal & Eastern 1 built 1864 by Norris-Lancaster.

Pacific Electric "Electra" 1544 built for the North Shore Railroad in 1902.

Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority 1543 built 1911 by the America Car and Foundry.

Oahu Railway and Land Caboose 1.

Union Pacific 0-6-0 4439 built in 1918.

Conrock 0-6-0T 1 built in 1925.

Santa Fe M-177 built in 1929.

California Western RS-12 56 built 1955 by Baldwin.

Los Angeles Railway Horse Car is a 42 inch gauge built 1880.

California Western RS-12 56 built 1955 by Baldwin.

Santa Fe Railway 2-8-0 664 built 1899 by Baldwin.

California Western RS-12 56 built 1955 by Baldwin.

The Wig Wag crossing signal and the California Western RS-12 56.

The semaphore signal and Travel Town 1 "The Charley Atkins".

Municipal Railway of San Francisco Cable Car 28.

A Travel Town scene. I then bought tickets to ride the train. I would take the first trip and Robin would take the next.

Here is the train we rode here.

Views from my train ride at Travel Town. I met Robin, gave him his ticket and then I would photograph his train.

A wood carving of Casey Jones. My first photo location would be on the bridge entering the park.

The train passing beneath my photo location. I then moved to down by the fence for the second passing of the train.

The train came by my lower photo location and looked like Robin was really enjoying himself. Robin met me and we drove back to Santa Ana where we called it a day. It had been another great day of riding smaller trains but we both loved doing it.