BOULDER VALLEY & PACIFIC RR
THE SANTA ROSA AND PACIFIC
The Boulder Valley & Pacific continues the legacy of the Santa Rosa & Pacific Railway. At the invitation of the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County, the SR&P was born from the desire to build a creative platform for video photography for the Museum. Inside the Museum videos from on board the trains are projected onto a monitor mounted in the window of a children’s sized coach that gives the visiting children the impression that they were riding on the toy trains operating in the museum. Video capture vehicles were created and tested on the SR&P, sound and lighting were examined, and thematic cars were created in our back yard to operate on the Museum’s elevated railroad. Video columns for Garden Railways Magazine often began here.
THE BOULDER VALLEY AND PACIFIC
Like the Santa Rosa & Pacific, the buildings of the Boulder Valley capture the legacy of historic buildings from the county. Look for the newspaper building, crafts store, the saloon, the hotel, and the two story headquarters for “William Henry Jackson, Frontier Photographer” who is a pioneer forefather for ALL who photograph the railroads in any scale.
A Trolley line dodges in and out of the mainline recalling the Boulder City trolleys that used the prototypes to carry passengers from the rail station to Chautauqua park. The freight station built by our friend, Doug Lodge, from individually milled lumber, was my first “serious” building, and is re-lettered “Louisville Station” for the city in which we now live.
With the advise of my 4 year old grandson, Thomas the Tank, along with Anna and Clarabel are new additions to the railroad.
The 1872 Roosevelt Arch marks the entrance to our favorite National Park with its abundant wild animals. The ranch and horse training facility connects to my nearby horseback and horse whispering lessons. The biplane merry-go-round in the city park honors friend, Sid Emerson.
The display of the Colorado & Southern Mogul with its combine coach, models a similar exhibit in the city of Blackhawk, Colorado.
Newest of all is Colorado’s famous Durango & Silverton train now pulled by an authentic Green and Yellow “White Pass and Yukon” Alco locomotive. This locomotive recalls the very recent purchase of four Alcos from Alaska to supplement the steam locomotive fleet to enable the D & S to continue to operate passenger trains through the dangerous fire season in Southwestern Colorado. The Alco is from the family legacy of Michael Huddleson recalling his father.
The roadbed is raised to simplify video capture of trains pulling through scenic vignettes. Controls are G-Scale Graphics hand-held controllers. The Train Shed houses rolling stock at night, and provides a resting place for snow plows during the summer.
The final construction criteria was that we be able to enjoy the trains running in a lighted setting at twilight from the comfort of the patio with beverage in hand. The trains have brought much joy to our family and friends, and we invite you to share in that with us.
John and Cheryl Cushman