January 5, 2013 – Orange Empire Railroad Museum

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If you are staying in Menifee, California and you do not see the Orange Empire Railroad Museum, you might as well have not come to Menifee. The Orange Empire is a free museum most weekends. The Museum is staffed entirely by volunteers, and has been that way since 1956. We met one very friendly volunteer who works on the Grizzley flats section of the museum. This volunteer gave us a cook’s tour of  the narrow gauge section, he was great guide and has been working at the museum since it opened in 1956. This guys enthusiasm showed today even after working their all those years. The Orange Empire, for a fee on some occasions, will let visitors not only ride the trains, but drive them too. If you are a train enthusiast, you have not lived until you have taken this affordable tour. Click on any picture to make it large enough to read, or see more detail.

We woke up here at Thousand Trails Wilderness Lakes RV resort and saw the sun was out, and thought it would be a great day to see trains.
We woke up here at Thousand Trails Wilderness Lakes RV resort and saw the sun was out, and thought it would be a great day to see trains.
We woke up here at Thousand Trails Wilderness Lakes RV resort and saw the sun was out, and thought it would be a great day to see trains.
We woke up here at Thousand Trails Wilderness Lakes RV resort and saw the sun was out, and thought it would be a great day to see trains.
We drove North on 215 about 5 miles to the Home Depot exit in Perris. We had to drive about 3 more miles into the country side then turn right at the railroad tracks, then another 1.2 mile to a parking lot with this sign. Total trip from Wilderness Lakes to the railroad museum, less than 10 minutes.
We drove North on 215 about 5 miles to the Home Depot exit in Perris. We had to drive about 3 more miles into the country side then turn right at the railroad tracks, then another 1.2 mile to a parking lot with this sign. Total trip from Wilderness Lakes to the railroad museum, less than 10 minutes.

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No special events, admission is free today!
No special events, admission is free today!

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Little gift shop / train depot sells books, ice cream, and train tickets to support the railroad museum.
Little gift shop / train depot sells books, ice cream, and train tickets to support the railroad museum.
Today, they are running their street cars. You can get an all day ticket for $12.00 this help them keep the museum open.
Today, they are running their street cars. You can get an all day ticket for $12.00 this help them keep the museum open.
I have no idea what this building is, the sign was too rusty to read, the railroad museum probably has not updated the sign since 1956.
I have no idea what this building is, the sign was too rusty to read, the railroad museum probably has not updated the sign since 1956.

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We found a maze! All kids love a maze.
We found a maze! All kids love a maze.
Athena was the first kid in the maze.
Athena was the first kid in the maze.
Sarah joined her, and the competition is beginning to look like a hockey game.
Sarah joined her, and the competition is beginning to look like a hockey game.
Holly had no trouble with the maze, she went so fast I thought she might take off.
Holly had no trouble with the maze, she went so fast I thought she might take off.

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The railroad museum built a working turn table, two men by hand can spin a locomotive on this device.
The railroad museum built a working turn table, two men by hand can spin a locomotive on this device.

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Train cars, are built like RV’s and boats! I expected the skin to be solid steel, instead, it is steal laminated to plywood. Our RV is fiber glass laminated to plywood, and you never want it to get a divorce.
Train cars, are built like RV’s and boats! I expected the skin to be solid steel, instead, it is steal laminated to plywood. Our RV is fiber glass laminated to plywood, and you never want it to get a divorce.
This is the truck on a typical car. It is supported by a leaf spring, and a couple of light coils springs.
This is the truck on a typical car. It is supported by a leaf spring, and a couple of light coils springs.

 

For its condition, the brakes are in great shape.
For its condition, the brakes are in great shape.

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Watch this video to see rail road cars being humped. (Now imagine if the car was full of horses, or china)

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The rail companies were in cahoots with the eye Dr. Association. These advertisements were designed to cause you question your vision and seek medical assistance
The rail companies were in cahoots with the eye Dr. Association. These advertisements were designed to cause you question your vision and seek medical assistance

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The dining car has a much bigger spring set on its trucks than the freight cars
The dining car has a much bigger spring set on its trucks than the freight cars
not meant for the ride, but rather the load
not meant for the ride, but rather the load

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Brakes are out
Brakes are out
This car weighs a little more than twice what our RV weighs and can carry just over 6 of our RV.
This car weighs a little more than twice what our RV weighs and can carry just over 6 of our RV.
United States Army gave the empire some cars.
United States Army gave the empire some cars.
Awesome engine, it is missing a lot of bolts, but the railroad museum plans to fix it.
Awesome engine, it is missing a lot of bolts, but the railroad museum plans to fix it.

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These wheels are greasy!
These wheels are greasy!

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This engine and coal car are significant because they were owned and donated to the railroad museum by Ward Kimball,

Along with his employer and friend Walt Disney, and fellow mate Ollie Johnston, Kimball also collected old railroad ephemera. Kimball was an avid railway enthusiast and donated his 3 ft (914 mm) gauge collection to the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, California. A full-sized steam locomotive, – which Kimball ran on his private 3-acre (12,000 m2) backyard railroad known as “Grizzly Flats Railroad” in San Gabriel, California – bears some of his original artwork on the headlamp and cab, and is on permanent display at the museum.

While Kimball was a brilliant draftsman, he preferred to work on comical characters rather than realistic human designs. Animating came easily to him and he was constantly looking to do things differently. Because of this, Walt Disney called Ward a genius in the book The Story of Walt Disney. While there were many talented animators at Disney, Ward’s efforts stand out as unique.

Kimball created several classic Disney characters including the Crows in Dumbo; Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland; the Mice and Lucifer the Cat from Cinderella; and Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio. He also animated the famous “Three Caballeros” musical number from the Disney film of the same name.
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Ward loved to paint!

My ladies found these painting undesirable and refused to look at this train any further. They reminded me of tattooed pin ups
My ladies found these painting undesirable and refused to look at this train any further. They reminded me of tattooed pin ups

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We head over to see the street cars
We head over to see the street cars

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More grease, but these big gears allow a small motor to spin the entire crane
More grease, but these big gears allow a small motor to spin the entire crane

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I am buying some of this, just imagine all the time I will save by not wasting time using a toothbrush. When you swallow it, your stomach feels nice and warm too. This has to be the most important lesson we learned at the railroad museum
I am buying some of this, just imagine all the time I will save by not wasting time using a toothbrush. When you swallow it, your stomach feels nice and warm too. This has to be the most important lesson we learned at the railroad museum

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Looking for food, the signs here at the railroad museum  said there was food here, but we did not find any
Looking for food, the signs here at the railroad museum said there was food here, but we did not find any

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They moved an old restaurant here, I hope they get it fixed up, and sell steak.
They moved an old restaurant here, I hope they get it fixed up, and sell steak.
Well now we know why this is called the Orange Empire. Those oranges look really good.
Well now we know why this is called the Orange Empire. Those oranges look really good.

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Found out where to bring the RV when we are ready to leave town. Looks like they have plenty of fuel to spare
Found out where to bring the RV when we are ready to leave town. Looks like they have plenty of fuel to spare

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I guess Sarah was not supposed to be on this train, a grumpy woman from the railroad museum collection who was so old that she looked like a zombie; gave Sarah the evil eye until Sarah was off the train. There was and open gate and steps where she came up. Who knew!  That woman was the only mean evil person  we found at the railroad museum, she looked like she had come back from the grave with out showering first.  We are used to  that at the RV parks, so it was safer at the railroad museum, than hanging out in the RV park, we have lots of people like that here.
I guess Sarah was not supposed to be on this train, a grumpy woman from the railroad museum collection who was so old that she looked like a zombie; gave Sarah the evil eye until Sarah was off the train. There was and open gate and steps where she came up. Who knew! That woman was the only mean evil person we found at the railroad museum, she looked like she had come back from the grave with out showering first. We are used to that at the RV parks, so it was safer at the railroad museum, than hanging out in the RV park, we have lots of people like that here.

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This is trolley they are doing rides on today.
This is trolley they are doing rides on today.

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Weird fuzzy berries, look like cherries from a distance, was kind of disappointing that the railroad museum grows fuzzy inedible fruit that looks like Delicious cherries
Weird fuzzy berries, look like cherries from a distance, was kind of disappointing that the railroad museum grows fuzzy inedible fruit that looks like Delicious cherries

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We got hungry and left the railroad museum, headed to the city of Industry to get my Birthday Supper at my favorite buffet. The Golden Corral.  When we got there at 2pm on a Saturday there is a two hour wait and no parking available. Wow! So we gave up and went to my second favorite restaurant the Costco Hot dog stand. We could not find parking there either.  Getting a parking spot kind of reminded me of last April Pittsburgh hockey game. It was vicious! So we drove to Lake Elsinore and found a Costco there and had my birthday dinner.  Yup, we drove about a 100 miles for that Hot Dog and it was worth every bite! In the end, we recommend you visit the Orange Empire Railroad Museum! Don’t bother driving to The City of Industry for supper, to far, and too many people who do not know about the recession. Good evening and good night…
We got hungry and left the railroad museum, headed to the city of Industry to get my Birthday Supper at my favorite buffet. The Golden Corral. When we got there at 2pm on a Saturday there is a two hour wait and no parking available. Wow! So we gave up and went to my second favorite restaurant the Costco Hot dog stand. We could not find parking there either. Getting a parking spot kind of reminded me of last April Pittsburgh hockey game. It was vicious! So we drove to Lake Elsinore and found a Costco there and had my birthday dinner. Yup, we drove about a 100 miles for that Hot Dog and it was worth every bite!
In the end, we recommend you visit the Orange Empire Railroad Museum! Don’t bother driving to The City of Industry for supper, to far, and too many people who do not know about the recession.
Good evening and good night…
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