30 August 2013

Orange Empire Railway Museum

If I ever go missing, it will be because I ran away to live on the grounds of Perris, California's Orange Empire Railway Museum

The OERM is a magical place with an extraordinary history. I couldn't even begin to describe in detail the impressive work the volunteer-run museum does, so I'll leave my contribution to the photographs (please click on captions, as I've added links where applicable). 

If visiting the OERM in person isn't possible, please visit the museum's highly informative, wonderfully detailed website

The recently restored PCC Streetcar #3100

Los Angeles Railway type-H streetcar, #1201

The #1201 from the front

My sweetie takes train photographs, too 

The Grizzly Flats barn, taken from a moving train with my 1950s bakelite Imperial camera

The imagineers at Disney visited Orange Empire when designing Buena Vista Street
and used the red trolley cars (like #665 here) as reference to create their own scale versions,
even using the same trolley numbers as the ones at the museum.

The replica red trolley cars on Buena Vista Street at Disney California's Adventure (above)
represent the era during which Walt Disney arrived in California with only "a suitcase and a dream".

1467 and its iconic Amtrak stripe

Riding across the country by train, sorting mail for delivery?
My dream job.... think of all of the postcards I'd have seen!

Sitting inside the 525

1936 Union Pacific box car

Rusty gold

Double decker Irish tram

Seeing the active cars of the day pulling into their barns at closing time is one of my favorite parts of the visit.

(all photographs © Monika Seitz Vega, 2013)


Mike said...

It's just a shame I can't take the train to see it!

Monika Seitz Vega said...

Now THAT would be cool.

Ellen-PR said...

Monika can we put some your photos up on the Orange Empire Railway Museum Facebook page?

Mike, you will be able to take the train to the museum through the Metrolink to Perris and then the Perris Depot to the Museum

Monika Seitz Vega said...

Ellen, that'd be great. Please give photo credit to Monika Seitz Vega. We'll be there Saturday for the swap meet!

Ellen-PR said...

Did you take any swap meet photos?

Monika Seitz Vega said...

Unfortunately we didn't make it. It had been a long, hot week, and the high temperatures of the weekend kept us indoors that day.