Forgot to finish the last train museum!

I bet I got too tired to finish working with the bazillion photos.  But never fear.  The Ritzville Train Museum?  Still worth checking out when you’re passing through.

See how cute the train station was back in it’s heyday?  Those tracks are still super busy.  In about half an hour there, at least 3-5 trains will fly by.  Now there’s a fence between the station and the tracks, but still.

How I explained this was by bringing back Little House on the Prairie for them to think about.  😀  She was quite thrilled about it.

Sorry for the glare.  This is a replica of how wheat combines used to be.  This model has horses, and the big combine contraption behind it.  An uncle told me about how my grandfather talked about these.  They used a combination of horses and donkeys, if the critters decided to cooperate.  One was better at going up hills, the other animal was better at going down hills (I forget which is which now, I didn’t write it down, I should have).  They also needed at least 4-5 men per combine.  Now?  One guy, in an air conditioned, diesel powered combine.  Things sure changed in the last 70 years.

An old safe.  Pretty heavy sucker.

Remember these?!?  Yes, I’ve had to explain to the kids how the card catalog system worked.  And what that spit/rinse sink on the side of the old dental chair is for.  Because, again, they experience life a bit differently nowadays.

They thought the hair dryer/setter was some sort of torture device.  Not sure they were too far from the truth.

Sorry these next ones are blurry.  I was in a hurry, they were about to close.  An old physician’s table.  With antique wheelchair in the background.

Ever wonder what those ladies at the GTE operator place were sitting at?  Yup.  So cool.

Where the fun telegraph operator sits at.  He’s a hoot.

He’s also really good at explaining what these broom thingies are for.  Before the days of cell phones and what not, this is how the station masters would pass on notes to the folks on the caboose.  On a triplicate carbon copy to boot.

If you needed to ship containers, this was the groovy scale to weigh everything.  They charged by the weight I do believe.

The handcarts for moving around all the luggage and such.

The coolest hearse ever.  Horse drawn hearse and such.  It’s so neat.  Was retired from service long ago, and takes several days a year to detail to keep it shiny and fantastic.

Some old tools and such.


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