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Post  Christian_Ryan_Boltar on Fri Oct 05, 2012 4:51 am

Well with the old Hall now destroyed no thanks to a skunk, I had a brand new palace built, it's much like the old hall, but larger, more colorful, and more eco friendly.

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Post  Risa_Katelynn_Harada_ on Fri Oct 05, 2012 4:47 pm

Hi Chris!
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Post  Christian_Ryan_Boltar on Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:20 pm

Hey Sweetie.
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Post  Risa_Katelynn_Harada_ on Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:37 pm

Such a lovely place you have here *smiles sweetly*
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Post  Christian_Ryan_Boltar on Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:51 pm

Thank you, it was not easy to put up, especially since my last one fell to pieces. -_-

Is there anything you would like Sweetie?
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Post  Risa_Katelynn_Harada_ on Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:00 pm

A tour would be nice please
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Post  Christian_Ryan_Boltar on Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:21 pm

Alrighty, we'll go straight to the round house, one of my locomotives will take us around the property.

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Post  Risa_Katelynn_Harada_ on Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:23 am

A locomotive? Smile ok! Razz
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Post  Christian_Ryan_Boltar on Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:26 am

Yes, and I have 5 narrow gauge steam locomotives, and 3 normal gauged locomotives (Narrow gauge uses rails of 3 feet apart, most trains use 4 ft 8 1/2 inches), and all 8 are authentic steam powered, so they use the same steam technology, the same mechanics as they did back in the 1800s.

*holds your hand and walks with you*
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Post  Risa_Katelynn_Harada_ on Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:51 am

Oh thats cool! *smiles*
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Post  Christian_Ryan_Boltar on Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:53 am

I am so glad you think so Sweetie. So, what have you been up to?
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Post  Risa_Katelynn_Harada_ on Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:55 am

Oh nothing really. What about you?
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Post  Christian_Ryan_Boltar on Sat Oct 06, 2012 6:04 am

Just been helping finishing up the construction of my new home.

*Arrives at the roundhouse* Here it is. *Sees our engine on the turntable*

Well here's one of the locomotives, she's an exact Replica of the Ward Kimball locomotive from the Disneyland Railroad, which is a 1902 2-4-4 Forney tank engine that was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works for use on Baker Lapine's private sugar cane plantaion. She went to Arthur Lasalle in sometime in the 50s, before being restored for use on the Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad in 1963, and then in 1999 she was sold to Disney and officially entered service in 2006 after a year and 1/2 of debugging. She'll be the locomotive we'll use tonight.

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*Holds your hand, and gently kisses your hand*
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Post  Risa_Katelynn_Harada_ on Sat Oct 06, 2012 6:06 am

It's nice *smiles*
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Post  Christian_Ryan_Boltar on Sat Oct 06, 2012 6:10 am

I'm glad you think so Sweetie. Is there anything on your mind you would like to do or talk about while Doug backs the locomotive onto the train?
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Post  Risa_Katelynn_Harada_ on Sat Oct 06, 2012 6:29 am

No i just wanna watch *smiles*
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Post  Christian_Ryan_Boltar on Sat Oct 06, 2012 6:31 am

If you're sure, then I'm sure.
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Post  Risa_Katelynn_Harada_ on Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:34 pm

Im sure *smiling*
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Post  Christian_Ryan_Boltar on Sat Oct 06, 2012 10:42 pm

Me too. *Gently kisses your hand*

*Walks over to a guest visitor locomotive*

This locomotive, is currently visiting from Las Vegas. Nevada Atorney, Dan Markoff, has been in love with this engine since he was a kid. The engine was built in 1875 by Baldwin for use on the Eureka & Palisade Railroad that was a small narrow gauge railroad that ran through Nevada as their number 4 engine. In the early 1900s, she was sold to the Sierra Nevada Lumber Company and hauled logs, and worked as a mill switcher as their number 5 engine until the 1930s. She was told be sold off for Scrap when Paramount Pictures found her, bought her and used her in Movies. In the 1970s she was sold to a theme park in Las Vegas Known as Mini-Vegas which was an old Western Town. She was on display there, but was in pretty bad shape. Dan Markoff saw her at Mini Vegas and fell in love with her. He would always climb in her cab, and sit in the engineer's seat wondering what it was like to run a steam engine. Then in 1985, misfortune struck, a fire broke out in Mini-Vegas, and the little engine was caught in the middle of it, and was badly burned to a crisp. Wooden beams feel from her barn and stood in a Criss-cross position over her, and it was a very sad sight, the engine was no long a locomotive, she was nothing but a pile of scrap metal. Right after the fire Dan, went with his wife, and he noticed the park was closed, and he couldn't see his engine until he found out why. The engine was to be sold for Scrap, when Dan bought the locomotive, shoved it in his garage, and slowly restored her. He took one part off the locomotive at a time, slowly restoring it piece by piece, and in 1991, in less than 6 short years, Dan had meticulously restored the locomotive back to life in her original 1875 scheme, and full working order. The boiler and engine set are still original, while many other parts were replaced. Parts that couldn't be fixed were scratch built by hand in his garage, or were constructed by wood carpenters or Nasa. Shortly after her return to steam, she participated in the California State Railroad Museum's second Railfair, and in 1995 made her first trip to the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad in New Mexico. Every year, she goes to Colorado and runs on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad which runs through the beautiful rocky mountains, and Dan decided to stop by here, and have his prized locomotive visit. She's the oldest item of any kind here on the property.

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Post  Risa_Katelynn_Harada_ on Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:10 am

Surprised wow Dan did a great job rebuilding her. She looks great Smile
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Post  Christian_Ryan_Boltar on Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:18 am

Dan Markoff is also a very nice man, if he was here right now, the engine would be understeam, and he'd have us ride in the cab, and allow us to run her. He does that whenever he's in Durango. What amazes me is how much of the original machinery is still on her and operational. There are only 3 engines older than her that still run in the United States, The Inyo from the Virginia & Truckee Railroad (1875, January), the Torchlake from Greenfield Village (1872), and the William Mason from the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (1855). There are also 2 engines in India, and another 2 in the UK that are older than her, but still, it's very rare to see an engine of 130-years of age still in full working order.

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Post  Risa_Katelynn_Harada_ on Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:26 am

Not a very big engine
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Post  Christian_Ryan_Boltar on Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:38 am

Yeah, she's pretty small, she weights only 39,000 pounds and she is a narrow gauge locomotive. The average sized locomotive for Narrow gauge is about 50-80 tons, broad gauge engines around 100 to 250 tons. Even though they're small, they're very heavy, an average American steam locomotive is twice the weight of that of an average steam locomotive built in Great Brittan
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Post  Risa_Katelynn_Harada_ on Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:04 am

Thats interesting Smile
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Post  Christian_Ryan_Boltar on Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:16 am

I'm glad you think so.

*Watches Doug back our engine onto the train, Holiday IV green & the Lilly Belle Parlour car*

Well, time for us to get on board, and also, I'll take you on a tour of the grounds. Also, I'll be nice to Doug and relieve him for the night.
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