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Re: [HOn3] Knott's railroad shops

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  • Darryl Huffman
    Ron, Here is a good link to Knotts railroad: http://www.bjwrr.com/ontrack/knotts.htm Darryl Huffman Anchorage, Alaska Check out my web page at
    Message 1 of 4 , Dec 2, 2004
      Ron,

      Here is a good link to Knotts railroad:

      http://www.bjwrr.com/ontrack/knotts.htm

      Darryl Huffman
      Anchorage, Alaska

      Check out my web page at www.darrylhuffman.50megs.com/photo5.html for photos
      of some of my modelbuilding projects.
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Ron" <ngrhtr20002003@...>
      To: <HOn3@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2004 4:06 PM
      Subject: [HOn3] Knott's railroad shops


      >
      >
      >
      > Does any one know anything about any of the shop crew at knott's?,
      > The guys that work back there seem to be doing some great
      > restorations and was just wondering if any body knows where they came
      > from! Not talking about the guys that run them, I mean the guys that
      > work in the shops!
    • Ron
      ... years ago. Ron ... share an ... experience. Not the ... attractions ... town. I ... structures. I ... remember. ... to follow ... over ... Smoke ...
      Message 2 of 4 , Dec 3, 2004
        --- Thanks Darryl, but was kind of more interested in now, not 30
        years ago.
        Ron




        In HOn3@yahoogroups.com, Darryl Huffman <darrylhuffman@a...> wrote:
        > Ron,
        >
        > I don't know any of the guys doing this personally. But, I can
        share an
        > experience.
        >
        > I have been to Knotts 6 or 7 times every year for over 40 years.
        >
        > Knott's Berry Farm used to be a whole different type of
        experience. Not the
        > exciting ride theme park it is today. In fact one of the big
        attractions
        > for me in the late 40s early 50s was a scale model of the ghost
        town. I
        > really think that is what got me interested in building model
        structures. I
        > wish I could find photos of it to see if it was as well done as I
        remember.
        >
        > Back when they first got the K-27, I think it was 1973, I decided
        to follow
        > the tracks over to the enginehouse. This was the old engine house
        over
        > where the water rapids ride is today.
        >
        > The K-27 was completely torn apart. Drivers dropped into the pit.
        Smoke
        > box open for rebuilding the flues, The whole works.
        >
        > The workers were perfectly content to let me crawl all over the
        engine and
        > take all the photos I wanted to take.
        >
        > They just didn't understand why I would want to do that. They
        looked at
        > that locomotive with the same enthusiam I would show if I were a
        mechanic
        > working on a garbage truck. It was simply a job. And not a really
        fun job
        > at that.
        >
        > They really thought it was funny that this 30 year old man was
        really
        > interested in that old locomotive.
        >
        > I am sure there was someone somewhere who was really into fixing up
        and
        > restoring the engine, but that person was certainly not one of the
        dozen
        > people working on it while I was there.
        >
        > The main thing I learned was that taking photos of a black engine
        in a dark
        > engine house using an Instamatic camera produces lousy photos. I
        gave them
        > to a K-27 nut years ago.
        >
        > Of course today, with the renewed interest in all things historic,
        it might
        > be different.
        >
        > And, of course, I would love to be able to go back to that time
        with my
        > digital camera and reshoot all the photos. But at least I still
        have the
        > vivid memories.
        >
        > Darryl Huffman
        > Anchorage, Alaska
        >
        > Check out my web page at www.darrylhuffman.50megs.com/photo5.html
        for photos
        > of some of my modelbuilding projects.
        > ----- Original Message -----
        > From: "Ron" <ngrhtr20002003@y...>
        > To: <HOn3@yahoogroups.com>
        > Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2004 4:06 PM
        > Subject: [HOn3] Knott's railroad shops
        >
        >
        > >
        > >
        > >
        > > Does any one know anything about any of the shop crew at
        knott's?,
        > > The guys that work back there seem to be doing some great
        > > restorations and was just wondering if any body knows where they
        came
        > > from! Not talking about the guys that run them, I mean the guys
        that
        > > work in the shops!
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