This past Sunday, Sept 15th, was our Redwood Riders ride to the Western Railway Museum in Suisun City. We moved up the departure time to 9 AM to make sure we we would be there in plenty of time for the first rail car ride. We left Shari’s with nine riders and met George at the museum which brought our riders to ten. We had five women and five men, all riders, no passengers.
We were on the 11:00 train which had two volunteer docents as our guides and conductors. The car we were on was an old streetcar that ran on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland. The interior of the car had all of the old advertisements that were on all of the old public transits, both bus and streetcars. Fun to read them.
Our one hour ride was a five mile trip out through pasture land which included fields of windmills. A history of the railroad that owns the tracks was provided to us. At the end of the five mile ride the train comes to a stop to switch the electrical contacts on the overhead for the trip back. While that was being done, we got off the train and were lucky enough to see a large herd of elk in the pasture next to us. We boarded the rail car and were taken back to the museum.
From there, we rode to Bab’s Delta Diner in Suisun for lunch with nice seating on the patio facing the waterway. After lunch, we rode back home through Cordelia, along Lopes Road to Benicia for a gas stop and final goodbyes. Took Lake Herman Road into Vallejo and across Hwy 37 and on home.
Good day was had by all. And George took some great photos.
Sharon and Gretchen