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Dave Buczkowski

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Swanton Pacific Railroad
« on: March 05, 2015, 12:56:37 PM »
While spending a few days in San Francisco I happened upon the last remaining building from the Panama Pacific Expostion (World's Fair) from 1915. I had seen the Palace of Arts from afar on other visits but had never ventured over to it. It and the gardens surrounding it are magnificant. Noteworthy about my visit was the timing of it. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the exposition. So there was an exhibit at the Palace as well as at the California Historical Society building downtown on Mission Street. I visited both. I had to dig deep into one of the flyers but here's the narrow gauge angle - there was a 19 inch railroad the ran at the fair with at least three steam engines. While I didn't learn much about it I did learn that the locomotives survived and are living at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. You can view them here: Even more interesting was reading their old newsletters. The groups trials and travails are eeerily similar to our own experiences including the need for their own RowMow Mfg. facility. The newsletters also contain a section about the locomotives operation at the exposition sort of like our own Two Foot Musings. I did not get a chance to visit.