Sugar Pine Railroad Tour and Picnic – June 2012
Let’s Go for a Train Ride!!
On a very nice early summer Sunday morning, we met at British Steel in Fresno for a VBAC car run. We had a good turnout of interested club members and invited guests. We started out with 3 Jag’s, 4 MG’s, 2 Triumphs and a 240Z. Rick Rogers our club president as well as the owner of British Steel Car Restorations was to be our leader that day. He gave us a brief plan of the drive, and then got in his wife, Betty’s, beautiful TR3 and lead the way.
Once we got out of town and started up through the foothills, it became a wonderful drive. Along the way we picked up another Jag and a Bug Eye. It was a beautiful site of 12 classic cars puttering along. As always there were honks, waves and even pics taken as we headed to our destination.
Well, we arrived at the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad an hour or so later. We had all packed picnic lunches and headed to the picnic area to enjoy. The tables were right next to the tracks where the trains hook up. Nothing like the fresh smell of hot steam and grease, and the feel of the train on the tracks to have as a lunch time ambiance.
Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad Tour and Picnic – June 2012
When we finished our lunches we got our tickets and boarded the train. The trains are steam logging trains. As you chug through the trees, the conductor gives you a history lesson on the trains as well as the area. About half way the train stops to fill with water, and an opportunity for us to stretch our legs and take some pics. We then headed back to the depot.
After getting off the train some went into the gift shop, or the art studio or the THORNBERRY MUSEUM, spelled the same as my name…could have been a relative, will have to look into that. Then headed off down the mountain to the hot valley below and home…good times.
By, Richard THORNBERRY
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