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Washington Township Railroad Fair celebrates 15th year

Travel back in time to the days when railroad tracks crisscrossed the Tri-Cities as an important means of transportation from farms and dairies to consumers throughout the Bay Area. The Washington Township Railroad Fair, hosted by the Society for the Preservation of Carter Railroad Resources (SPCRR), the Railroad Museum at Ardenwood, and East Bay Regional Park District, celebrates locomotives and railcars of that era at Ardenwood Historic Farm that still operates close to the way it did over 100 years ago. Crops similar to those George Patterson tended a century ago are grown, and farmyard animals sheep, pigs, turkeys, chickens, rabbits, goats, and cows greet visitors while peacocks strut around with you.

On the grounds of Ardenwood, SPCRR operates a limited version of what once was known as the South Pacific Coast Railroad in the 1880s. In those days, a narrow-gauge railroad steamed from Alameda through the counties of Alameda and Santa Clara until it reached the ocean at Santa Cruz. It transported people from small farm towns and logging camps to larger cities. A fleet of baggage, passenger, box and flatcars, and cabooses were manufactured by Carter Brothers in Newark.

Celebrating 150 years of Scottish Gathering and Games

This years annual Scottish Highland Gathering & Games marks the milestone of 150 years of continuous Celtic festivals produced by the Caledonian Club of San Francisco. For the sesquicentennial, the Club will celebrate with the largest-to-date gathering and games at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton on Saturday and Sunday, September 5 and 6. The first Games, held in 1866 at the corner of Market and 14th Street in San Francisco, was the beginning of what has become considered by many as the largest such festival in the world.

The annual event features 21 different events and attractions. One of the premier events is the World Championship in the Heavy Athletics Events. Witness the worlds top professional athletes compete in eight different athletic skills highlighted by the famed tossing of the caber, a 22-foot, 150-pound pole. The pros represent five countries: U.S., Canada, Scotland, England, and South Africa. The invitational Heavy Events also includes amateur, womens and senior divisions with more than 70 athletes in all.

Last stop for the Pacific Bus Museum?

Tucked away at the end of Shinn Street, nestled between BARTs railway and those old familiar train tracks that traverse through Fremont, sits the local treasure known as the Pacific Bus Museum (PBM). Open the first Saturday of each month from April to November, the museum and its 24 vintage buses are currently housed in a large 1920s era vehicle maintenance building. Just about every aspect of the museum speaks to the history it seeks to preserve, but all may soon be lost if they are unable to find a permanent home.

As an operating transportation museum, the Pacific Bus Museum needs a permanent home that will uniquely lend itself to easy accessibility for our guests, volunteers, and business partners, said PBM Executive Director Ron Medaglia. We also want our new home to be centrally located and affordable. Geography is important, but not as important as having people be able to visit at their leisure, and not as important as the PBM being able to afford its new home.

Finding a new home is no small task for this tax-exempt non-profit. With the current roster of buses to house, theyll need ample space to display and maintain. A 20,000 square foot building with additional outdoor storage space (would be ideal), Medaglia said. Ideally, there would be room to display our buses, an area for a gift shop, archival area, and storage for our antiquities and memorabilia, and room for restoration and maintenance activities, he added.


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