This time of year marks the time of year in Sacramento where it’s too hot to do much of anything outdoors unless it’s bright and early in the morning. So, baby bulldog and I headed for Old Sacramento to watch the old steam trains. We had a nice little walk through old town enjoying the architecture and trains and fresh air. While old town is totally commercial and touristy I’ve been visiting my entire life and never get tired of it unless it’s too crowded. I look forward to taking my son here many more times over the years to explore Sacramento history and to just travel back in time for a few hours at a time.
I had the opportunity last weekend to visit the Old Sacramento Railroad Museum with my extended family and my new baby. This museum has a wonderful collection of old locomotives and railroad equipment. They even have a mock up of the controversial bullet train planned to go from Northern California to LA. The museum is located in the interesting and fun Old Sacramento district. Upstairs the museum is filled with a very large collection of train toys. The toys were far more interesting to the baby than I thought they would be. The Thomas the train tables and toys will surely be a go-to when he is older! They were a hit with the many toddlers and their exhausted looking parents.
A young friend of mine expressed some interest in learning photography recently. I was going to take her to my backyard and teach her some basics about her camera. But, instead, another random opportunity presented itself. Mike’s Camera Shop in downtown Sacramento hosted a free photography meetup at the Sacramento Train Museum. I couldn’t think of a less interesting place to take a 12 year old girl so we headed out with promises that it would be a great place to practice her skills. It turned out we both had a blast taking photos of “creepy manikins”, welds, train wheels, cattle guards, old luggage, and to be honest things I don’t even know the name of. I considered it a success because my young friend took hundreds of photos and never got tired of looking at the details of cool old trains. She left boasting terms like depth of field, manual focus, and shutter speed. A highlight for me was watching her lay on the floor in order to get a cool shot with a “fuzzy background” as she called it. (Good photographers always get on the ground in my book!) We rewarded ourselves with an ice cream cone and a walk through Old Sacramento!
Train nerds rejoice. (You know who you are.) I took far more photos of train details than I care to admit. I hope you enjoy!
I consider this to be an “odd” subject to photograph so I am happy to submit the post to Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge!