Steam Engine 844 ~ UP150 Express in Sparks, Nevada

The Union Pacific’s steam engine No. 844 was in Sparks, Nevada yesterday…and I took the day off to go see it! Most of the photographs are taken with my Panasonic Lumix FZ150 in Film Grain mode.

No. 844 is traveling 13,000 miles through 15 states as part of Union Pacific’s 150th anniversary celebration. The tour makes its next stop in Ogden, Utah, on Saturday, September 22. From Ogden, the UP 150 Express heads to Sparks, Nevada, for a stop on September 26. The sixth leg of the tour will conclude when No. 844 anchors a huge, two-day signature event in Old Sacramento September 29-30 that will include free excursion train rides and free entrance into both the California State Railroad Museum and Sacramento History Museum.

The traveling exhibit takes visitors back in time using the latest interactive touch screen technology to illustrate how Union Pacific supported communities as they were established along the way as the transcontinental railroad was built. The interactive experience culminates with the modern Union Pacific Railroad, which transports goods American businesses and consumers use every day.

Steam Locomotive No. 844 is the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific Railroad. It was delivered in 1944. A high-speed passenger engine, it pulled such widely known trains as the Overland Limited, Los Angeles Limited, Portland Rose and Challenger. When diesels took over all of the passenger train duties, No. 844 was placed in freight service in Nebraska between 1957 and 1959. It was saved from being scrapped in 1960 and held for special service. The engine has run hundreds of thousands of miles as Union Pacific’s ambassador of goodwill.

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Wordless Wednesday ~ 26 September 2012 ~ Sparks, Nevada Railyard

At the end of Lake Canyon Drive, in Port Costa…The Burlington Hotel

After a day at San Francisco’s Pier 39 (had to ride the Rocketboat at least once before they closed down for the winter) we headed to Port Costa to stay at a hotel I found online ~ The Burlington Hotel. You’ll find it at the end of Lake Canyon Drive. A beautiful three-story hotel built in 1883…maybe used as a brothel.

The Burlington Hotel on the right…the Warehouse on the left. I’m standing at the railroad tracks and Carquinez Strait is behind me.

You can email or call for reservations…there are 18 rooms to choose from, four of which have private baths. When I called and asked for a room on the 3rd floor with a private bath, Hillary booked us Wilma. The weekend price includes a coffee/tea and pastry at the Cafe.

Wilma’s room…faces the waterway and rail tracks.

Early morning light in Wilma’s room.

Out the window…

The room was clean and tidy and the bed was very comfy (may not be so comfy if you’re 6’+)…but the hotel is definitely a work-in-progress. If you are a light sleeper, don’t take a room in the front (on the weekends) or the waterway side. You have the Warehouse bar across the street and they party pretty hardy until after midnight. On the waterway side you have the railroad tracks which has the California Amtrak commuter during the morning until evening…then the freight trains take over. We live near the tracks in Reno so we had no problems with the trains.

I loved the hotel…and enjoyed the people we met at the Warehouse on Friday night. Had a great time and would love to go back.

The Burlington Hotel Cafe ~ Port Costa, California

We had a mini-vacation last weekend…headed to San Francisco on Friday and then spent the night in Port Costa at the Burlington Hotel.

The best part was the Cafe on the first floor of the hotel…Saturday morning in a small cozy cafe drinking tea and coffee and munching on sweet cornbread, with honey, right out of the oven. The owners and staff were a delight and a few of the local folks that wandered in and out were entertaining.

We definitely want to go back.

For Today ~ 06 September 2012 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 06 September 2012.

Outside My Window… Big grey clouds and blue sky…it rained all night long. Hopefully soon Balloons! It’s the start of the Great Reno Balloon Race!

Enjoy this absolutely beautiful time lapse video.

I am thinking… This sure has been a bad summer for allergies.

I am thankful for… that the autumn equinox is just around the corner!

From the kitchen… I’m thinking just bbq’d hotdogs and potato salad. Or we’ll use one of our Groupons and go out to eat.

I am wearing… Tan cropped pants and a blue shirt, tennis shoes and my hair in a pony tail.

I am creating… Still making leather wrapped bracelets and some hammered copper bookmarks.

I am going… to have to turn in two craft fair applications.

I am reading… Re-reading The Hobbit…will be ready for the movie this December! 🙂

I am hoping… That we get some afternoon rains…I figured we can have afternoon rains so the balloons can go up in the mornings.

I am hearing… Me crunching on my breakfast…Emerald Breakfast on the Go in S’mores. 🙂

Around the house… Clean bed sheets, now have to vacuum.

One of my favorite things… Brightly colored hot air balloons.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… Build up my craft fair supply; label the soap.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…