April 30, 2005
Choo Chew Saturday

Today was the fifth annual "Choo Chew Saturday" fundraiser for the Santa Maria Valley Railway Historical Museum. 200 train lovers showed up for great train fun and a fabulous Santa Maria-style BBQ.

Dick gets the flag raised at the beginning of the day.

Run days often start with some cleaning.

Preparing for the Santa Maria BBQ lunch.

This caboose carried a real lantern with a real oil flame.

The yard saw much action today.

The Blakey brothers crewed the Southern Pacific black widow all day.

Santa Maria Valley Railroad No. 1801.

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See these Bob Lyon BCWRR pics from April 30, 2005 (and from January 15, 2005). Thanks, Bob!

A little engineering chat in preparation for the day.

Two trains pass near the yard.

Tom Osterdock's vertical boiler on his second outing with this loco. Tom's part of the Kern Valley Live Steamers.

Noon to 2:00pm was lunch!

This Goleta Valley Railroad crane really works. The controls are mounted on the car behind.

What else would you use to decorate tables at a train event?


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