Sunday, January 17, 2016

Orange Empire Railway Museum - Perris, California

Los Angeles Trolley - Parris, California
Back in August of 2015 we found ourselves driving on Interstate 215 passing through Perris, California. The three young kids in the back seat were bored and restless. We needed to stop somewhere for some fun.

There is one place in Perris that I knew would be a good pick: the Orange Empire Railway Museum. What kid doesn't like trains? My three kids love them.

The museum had about an hour left before closing for the day when we arrived, which was fine because we didn't necessarily want to stay a long time. There were a few other people, but the place was pretty empty and quiet.
Trolley & Track - Perris, California
The museum is free to visit but there is a fee to ride the trains. An all-day pass for the five of us was $40. There were two electric trolleys and one diesel train that were running that day, and it wasn't long before one of the trolleys was boarding.

The trolley travelled a mile-and-a-half down the "mainline" through the countryside that quickly turned suburban. There is no air conditioning and it was summer and very hot. It was worth putting up with the heat to ride the train--the kids loved it.

On the way back towards the museum the trolley operator let the two older kids sound the horn and ring the bell. He also showed them how the trolley works, giving a quick demonstrations. It was great!
Two Brothers - Perris, California
Just as soon as we pulled into the station the diesel train was boarding. We quickly grabbed some cold drinks from the gift shop and then climbed aboard the train. The diesel train travelled down the same mainline. It seemed to go just a little further, but not much.

One of the conductors talked to us a little, giving us a brief history of the museum. Back in the 1950's some teenagers wanted to preserve the shrinking trolley system. They pooled their money and purchased a couple of the trolleys. Through decades of hard work by many volunteers the museum has become what it is today.

Just goes to show that it doesn't matter how young you are. Whatever your age, if you believe strongly enough in something, with hard work and perseverance, anything is possible.
Dad & Son - Perris, California
Photograph by my wife Amanda Roesch.
There are a bunch of static displays on the properties. By the time we were back at the museum it was time to go. The place was about to close. So we didn't have a chance to peruse the property. Maybe next time.

All of these photographs were captured using a Nikon D3300 DSLR. Either a Nikkor 40mm AF-S DX f/2.8G Micro lens or a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/3.5-5.6G ED II lens was attached to the camera, depending on the photograph. Alien Skin Exposure 7 was used to post-process the images.

You usually don't see photographs of me on the Roesch Photography Blog. That's because I'm usually behind the camera and rarely in front of it. Both my wife and daughter borrowed the camera and snapped a few photographs of me. I prefer to remain hidden behind a camera.
Yo! - Perris, California
Photograph by my daughter Joy Roesch.
Thirsty - Perris, California
Father & Son - Perris, California
Photograph by my wife Amanda Roesch.
Father & Daughter On A Train - Perris, California
Photograph by my wife Amanda Roesch.
Sitting Girl - Perris, California
The Conductor - Perris, California
Trolley View - Perris, California
The Mainline Driver - Perris, California
Trolley - Perris, California

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