Monday, September 1, 2008

Happy Labor Day - September 1, 2008

We went to the Eighth annual Labor Day Railfair at Ardenwood Farm. The weather was good -- not as hot as last year ( The guest locomotive this year was Sandstone Crag Loop Line #4, Deanna, an 0-4-2T built by Baldwin in 1891 for the Kaiwiki Sugar Co. in Ookala, HI. It is now privately owned in Coto de Caza, CA.

There were no horse-drawn train rides this year. Here is the note from the program, saying that they "will not be offered this year due to the loss of Tucker, one of our two wonderful Belgian draft horses. Jiggs, his partner, is in mourning and not up to giving rides this Railfair, but will be in attendance and receiving visitors."

There were nice model train layouts and the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association had a collection of internal combustion engines running by the barn. This year they did not have the locomotive run around the train.

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