This is Dixiana, the only narrow gauge locomotive currently running on a line in the United States. Seen here, she’s blowing a bit of steam before being “watered” for another trip into the Santa Cruz hills. She’s home at a small timber “town” of Roaring Camp. During the 1880’s she ran up and down the steepest grades a steam train has ever run. The one I was riding on was one of them and it’s not a very comforting thing when you hear a nasty screeching sound while climbing. Seems dear little Dixiana here was slipping on her rails, not exactly backward but not forward either. :-O One of the engineers got out and scattered sand on the tracks before we could proceed uphill. Who knows? Maybe that was part of the preplanned “charm” of the ride. I was more alarmed than charmed, thank you very much.
The forest here holds some of the tallest trees in California, Giant Redwoods; aging over 1000 years they are the oldest living things on earth (that we know of). The forest was thick but thankfully clear of smoke. That’s a major point but more on other Roaring Camp pages. :-)