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Pacific Railroad Society Knott's Berry Farm shop Tour 12/9/2007

by Chris Guenzler

This year's Pacific Railroad Society Banquet was being held at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. A shop tour at 10 AM was planned so I signed up and that morning I drove up to Knott's and paid ten dollars to park. I walked up to the front entrance where I found Carol Walker who was joining me at the Banquet today. A few more PRS Members soon joined us and then we spotted the Knott's Train Crew. Once the rest of our group got together we were led into the park. We made our way and in a short time we had arrived at the shops just as the train was coming.

The train running around the park today had the Rio Grande Southern C-19 2-8-0 41. I now decided to look around the steam shop at Knott's.

Inside was the Rio Grande 340.

With the vast majority of our group inside the shop, I then choose to look at Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose 3. I then ventured into the shops.

DRGW C-19 2-8-0 340 inside the Knott's Steam Shop.

The DRGW 340 Builder's Plate. After looking around the shop, I went back outside to go inside the Galloping Goose. After I did that, I took a closer look at the outside at the Galloping Goose.

Another view of the Galloping Goose.

The rear of the Galloping Goose.

There is a map with places where the Rio Grande Southern Railroad used to run.

Rio Grande Southern 3.

I always liked the Galloping Goose symbol.

I went outside the Knott's Steam Shop. We then waited for the next train to pass the shop.

The train passed our location for the second time while we were at the shop complex. Once everyone was ready we all walked west along the tracks to the other steam engine on the property that can run in the future.

1(55) 2-4-4 Formerly named Ward Kimball, built as 2-4-2T, from Disneyland, Disneyworld and later went to the Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad in Sandusky, Ohio.

The Coach Silverton was on display. We then waited for the train to make another run by us.

The Rio Grande Southern 41 made another runby. We then followed the tracks to a gate and re-entered the park. A bathroom stop was made before we walked over to the train station area and took a tour of the Private Cars Edna and Durango. After an interesting tour, we walked over to the station but I had one last picture to take.

Private Cars Edna and Durango. After an interesting tour, we walked over to the station but I had one last picture to take. The park train at the Ghost Town Train Station. Our group then rode the train around the park then went to the Hacienda Room for the PRS Banquet. Following the serving of the Knott's Famous Chicken Dinners, door prizes were passed out and I won an American Freedom Train Poster that I will donated to the Depot Inn and Suites in La Plata, Missouri. Russ Davies then gave us a slide show on Railroading in Colorado through the Years. After the Banquet, Carol and I then stood in a line for 42 minutes before we rode the Calico Mine Train which I had forgotten how much I enjoyed that ride. With that our visit to Knott's Berry Farm was complete. It had been a very interesting visit to the Knott's Steam Railroad Shop.