February 14th, 2015

Wig Wag

Valentines Day Training

Today's plan for Valentine's Day was to sleep in a bit, then drive over to Carson City, have Second Breakfast at the Carson City Nugget, then go to the Nevada State Railroad Museum, where Lisa and I have a family membership.

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After brunch, we went to the museum. Thanks to our restaurant misadventures, it was nearly 3 PM by the time we got there, and they close at 4:30, but we had an entertaining short visit anyway. We looked in on the locomotive Glenbrook, being restored in the backshop and finally having had its boiler inspection, after an almost comic series of misadventures and an eight month delay that we were told was not resolved until a friend of the head of the state agency that oversees such things intervened to get them to fly the only boiler inspector in the state who knows anything about steam locomotive boilers up from Las Vegas to both inspect this boiler and also educate the Northern Nevada boiler inspector how to do it.

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As usual, we did not escape the museum without buying more railroad books, but at least we get a discount with our museum membership. We traded railroad tales with the museum volunteers until closing time, then headed back into downtown Carson City, where I decided to try and find the site of the V&T Shops based on the map I'd photographed earlier. We found a site that seemed to match the map, but a monument showed it as being part of the old Chinatown (it's now a parking lot and the Nevada Supreme Court building). Later research after we went home resolved the conflict: the street names have changed. The First, Second, and Third Streets on the old map are now Washington, Ann, and Sophia Streets (both names are on the map), while modern Second and Third Streets (there is no First) are eight blocks south.

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We briefly considered driving to Reno and doing grocery shopping, but we're pretty well stocked, so we headed straight home to Fernley. It was a relatively simple sort of pleasure today, but we enjoyed it.