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|
|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)