Saturday, January 2, 2010

Golden Gate Express Railway #2 -- January 2, 2010

Today we went to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. In the special exhibit room at the west end was the Golden Gate Express Railway, a garden scale layout designed by by members of the Bay Area Garden Railway Society. The famous San Francisco structures were made from recycled materials. Autos ran across the Golden Gate Bridge. A cable car climbed the Hyde Street hill. A freight train ran around the layout. I think one track was not in use today. Structures included the Ghirardelli factory, made from chocolate-colored light switch and plug cover plates, the Chinatown gate made from Mah Jong tiles, the Castro Theatre, and Pac Bell Park. The Ferry Building clock came from a kitchen timer. New this year were a soundtrack, including organ music for the Castro, bells for the cable cars, Chinese music for Chinatown, and crowd noises and Renel Brooks-Moon's announcements. We didn't get to see it, but the fog was supposed to come in twice a day.

The Conservatory's ticket booth was closed because some jerk tried to break in during the week and damaged it.

I posted a video:

No comments: