Ted’s New Toy

•February 24, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Ted Van K. and his newly-completed handcar

Ted Van K. and his newly-completed handcar

Bill and Toby

Bill and Toby

It was a busy day at the Ranch today.  While rainy in the morning, the afternoon was sunny and reminded everyone that Spring is just around the corner.

Karell cooking

Karell cooking

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While Phil continued working on a project on the Frankenporter, which will be revealed in a subsequent entry, the shop was a buzz with activity.  Ted Van Klaveren brought his hand car over for a few finishing touches.  It sure is nice.  Meanwhile, Bill Rust was busy getting the bugs out of his speeder and after a full day working at the Depot, Karell came up to cook dinner on her Cowboy Hibachi…mmmmm! Marinated Roast Chicken on the spit. It turned out delicious and was yummy with stuffing and fresh broccoli. It was the  perfect end to a great day.

PHIL READER

The Frankenporter and Friday the 13th

•February 13, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Patti and Dennis

Couples Conductoring: Dennis and Patti

lettered-porterWe had an a run day this evening for Ancient Peaks Winery Wine Club. This event was thrown together with only 24-hour notice. I even tempted fate today by firing up the Frankenporter on Friday the 13th. It actually ran and fired quite well. This was also the public debut for the Porter’s new tender lettering. The crew consisted of Ted Van Klaveren and Bill Rust as trainmen, Patti LaRose and Dennis Thurman as co-conductors, Jim McEntire behind the throttle and myself firing.  I even made a big pot of stew on the wood stove for everyone.

Engineer Jim McEntire

Engineer Jim McEntire

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Stew on the stove (and Oil Can's recycled Ikea college furniture in background)

It was very good on a chilly evening, but here is a picture of it steaming in the black pot. Many thanks to the volunteer crew for helping on short notice!

PHIL READER

No. 1 in its original environs…

•February 7, 2009 • 1 Comment

A complete ride on the “610 Limited” during its last season of operation, both from the train and on the ground.  P.C.R.R. No. 1 was the original locomotive when Astroworld opened in 1968, and ran to the very end…

Steve Peck’s visit

•January 28, 2009 • Leave a Comment
Steve Peck at the throttle of the "Caroline"

Steve Peck at the throttle of the "Caroline"

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This past Saturday, Steve Peck paid us a visit from Colorado.  Like myself, Steve is a true Looper, having been in engine service with the original Georgetown Loop R.R., Inc. for over ten years.

We Ran the #1 with a short freight made up of Boxcar 3126 and caboose #303. We later ran several runs for Steve and let him have a crack at the throttle. We even set up a few photo run-bys just for Steve.

As part of the days activities Patty and Dennis threw a big Santa Margarita style BBQ that included Try tip, beans garlic bread and salad.  Harry and Mary came out to help along with Brad and Karell.

Short freight at the yard

Short freight at the yard

Later I took Steve down to the Bitter Creek. Karl as usual was a great  host and took us on a tour of not only the Bitter Creek & Western but  also to Peter Nott’s 2′ gauge shop.

Steve had a good time and left that evening speechless. There is a good chance that Steve will be visiting us again in the future.

PHIL READER

Pacific Coast Railroad Co.

•January 20, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Welcome to the Pacific Coast Railroad’s official home on the web.  Here you will find regular updates posted by the crew, as well as other information about the railroad’s operations, history, equipment and more.  All Aboard!

The Last Caboose

•January 20, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Nice article about Pacific Coast caboose No. 3, which has been restored and currently resides in a backyard near Solvang (Santa Barbara County).

Boxcar Saturday

•January 17, 2009 • 1 Comment

Hi All,

Today we had our Boxcar Saturday. Karl brought his airless paint sprayer and several gallons of paint.

Well, Karl ended up with a sort of funny red spotted syndrome on his face! We all hope that it is not contagious. Dennis, Patti, Rob Himoto and myself all had a good time. Patti helped cook the hot dogs and beans on the Cowboy Hibachi.

Hope it's not contagious!

The beans were very good. Later, I steamed up the Caroline, tested the brakes and ran a short photo freight using Karl’s boxcar #3126 and the caboose #303.

Patti and the Cowboy Hibachi

Rob Himoto of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad supplied the fuel for today’s event. We still have to some work to do on this boxcar, like rebuild one of the doors and the roof walk. It also needs some minor brake adjustments and lettering. Then, it will be ready for service.

Today was a fun day and we hope for more like it.

PHIL READER

Tender Lettering

•January 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Hi All,

I finished the right side lettering on the Frankenporter It looks pretty
good. Nothing fancy, but it now has lettering on both sides.

PHIL READER

Karl’s Boxcar

•January 10, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Here are a few shots of Karl’s boxcar; former D. & R.G.W. #3126. It is still a work in progress. I have to build one new door build a new roof walk, do the C.O.T.S., work on the brakes, and letter it up, probably for the P.C.R.

PHIL READER

Iron *Horse* Chef!

•December 20, 2008 • Leave a Comment

The Pacific Coast Railroad has been a big fan of backhead cuisine.  Sure, we can’t grill on a coal scoop, but we’ve got a warming tray, the sizzling ledge on our damper-equipped firedoors (and you coal boys thought we oil burners were good-for-nothin’s!) and, of course, the ingenuity of our master of the Cab Culinary Arts, Jeff “Grumps” Badger.  Those of you who visit this blog regularly are no stranger to Jeff and his pension for piling up the potatoes, Boca products (he’s a vegetarian) and whatever else he can scrounge up on the back of the FrankenPorter.

During our Christmas runs last year, Jeff and I decided at whim to make a little documentary of some of the P.C.R.R’s oiliest, greasiest railroader rations — often resulting when we don’t get Bonnie Marie’s gourmet leftovers from whatever event is being held in the Asistencia or to give the Commissary Committee a break, and it sat around for the better part of a year on my Mini DV camcorder.  We started while hostling, and continued throughout the day on the runs he or I sat out from our seatboxes, cooking up a hearty backhead breakfast, lunch, and chocolate chip cookies (of which Jeff had some wittily thought out name for.  I’ll have to get back to you on what that was).  At long last, however, this broke college student/newspaper editor has finally managed to scrounge the dough to roll into the needed technological resources to edit video off his camera.  First on the list, of course, was Iron Horse Chef.

The finished product is far from done, but until then, enjoy this teaser!

E.J. KELLEY