Beauty Through An Old Train Window

 

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I am often reminded of all the beauty that lies around us. From the sweeping vineyards, breath taking hills to the meandering waterways full of marsh land, wild flowers and wild life still to be discovered. We truly live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Where else can you be on the west cost shores of the pacific ocean in 50 minutes, enjoy a roof top dinner  with 360 degree views of San Francisco in 40 minutes, visit "Old Town" Sacramento, the zoo in 50 minutes, take in water skiing, boating, fishing all within 20 minutes, enjoy world renowned wines not only in our own backyard "Suisun Valley" but we are literally 18 miles from Napa!  Imagine the three day mini vacation you could have here. DSC_4582-web

One place that comes alive in October for Halloween "The Pumpkin Patch" is a place often forgotten during the rest of the year. Many children spend field trips exploring this incredible place as a school project. I am talking about the Western Railway Museum. In their own words "...to experience California as it was 100 years ago. Take a 10-mile electrically powered train trip through the peaceful, picturesque Montezuma Hills over the original historic main line of the Sacramento Northern Railway. As a living history museum, the Western Railway Museum gives visitors the opportunity to ride authentic historic streetcars and interurban electric trains from all over California and the western United States." This place offers some spectacular views of the simple life that once existed in this area. A real western frontier. From rolling valley hills, surrounded by modern windmills, to some of the world's most famous marsh lands The Western Railway Museum is an experience all its own.

Trolley PilotThe Suisun Marsh Land is located in northern California the Suisun Marsh (/səˈsn/ soo-soon) is the largest brackish marsh on west coast of the United States of America. The marsh land is part of the San Francisco Bay tidal estuary, and subject to tidal ebb and flood. The marsh is home to many species of birds and other wildlife, and is formed by the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers between Martinez and Fairfield, California and several other smaller, local watersheds. Adjacent to Suisun Bay, the marsh is immediately west of the legally defined Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as well as part of the San Francisco Bay estuary. The Suisun Marsh is named for the Suisunes, a Patwin sub-tribe, who inhabited the area around 200 years ago.

An example of one of their Trains can be seen here: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bPl4NtjNTk

 

In 1946, a group of like-minded individuals learned that an old Oakland streetcar that they had chartered for a day’s outing was to be scrapped within a week. They immediately dug into their pockets and gathered together enough money to buy the car right there on the spot. In this spirit of philanthropy and historic preservation, the Bay Area Electric Railroad Association was created to foster interest in streetcar, interurban, and mainline electric railroad operations, and to preserve these rapidly vanishing pieces of history. More history can be found hereSuisun_Marsh_Overlook

The Western Railway Museum gives visitors the opportunity to ride historic streetcars and interurban electric trains from all over California and other western states. Streetcars loop the shaded picnic grounds. Interurban cars run over the restored main line of the old Sacramento Northern Railway. With over 50 historic cars on display, railway exhibits, the Museum Store and Gift Shop and the large, shaded picnic grounds, the Western Railway Museum is ideal for family and group outings.









WRM3When visiting Fairfield, CA this is one reason to spend a night or two and explore the beauty that surrounds us.