We will be leaving
the wilderness and animals as we approach the covered
Approaching the station.
our rides, we pass a little fish pond for several
And what would a farm be without
Also at Tom's
Farm this weekend was to be a Civil War Reenacting
at 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM. Unfortunately we didn't
have the time to stay and watch the battles but
check in out next year if interested. Also if you
are interested in seeing a Civil War Reenacting come
to Huntington Beach on Labor Day weekend for battles
in the Central Park behind the Central Library.
After leaving Tom's Farms on
Temescal Canyon Rd, we returned to I-15 with a north
bound heading. At the 91 freeway we went west toward
Los Angeles. At the 55 freeway we went south the
complete length to the end in Costa Mesa. Once in
Costa Mesa, we made several detours and u turns. But
we found our way to our next attraction with little
Scarecrows, pumpkins and
fun at Fairview Park
article in Daily Pilot
"Costa Mesa residents got in on some fall-themed
fun Saturday during the first day of the annual
Scarecrow and Pumpkin Festival at Fairview Park.
Presented by Orange County Model Engineers and
supported by groups including the city of Costa
Mesa and the Costa Mesa Historical Society, the
event offered pumpkin picking, face painting,
train rides and other activities at Goat Hill
Junction in the park.
The festival also featured a
scarecrow contest in which residents stuffed
their cleverest creations to put on display. The
festival was originally held in Costa Mesa from
1938 to 1941 and was revived in 2013 in honor of
the city's 60th anniversary. The event continues
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. It is free to
attend, though some activities have a fee."
Our current venue is a
desolate plot of land located on a hill top with
a stunning view of parts of Orange County. It
could easily be used as a set location for a
wild west movie. After finding a parking space
we went and queued up to take our free train
a good turn out today for the pumpkin
picking, face painting, train rides and
other activities at Goat Hill Junction and
our wait was about thirty minutes to board
our train. While waiting we were able to see
all the different train sets running today.
MOW removing pebbles and debris from track.
The trains that
run on the track at Fairview Park are 1/8th the size
of the real thing, and operate like real world
locomotives. Most types of locomotives run on these
tracks. "Live steam" refers to working scale models
of full steam locomotives. These "live steamers"
burn coal, oil or propane to produce steam in the
boiler for use in driving the locomotive. Diesels
are powered by internal combustion engines and are
replicas of the types of locomotives you would see
pulling trains today. Electric locomotives,
just like their full-size prototypes, run very
quietly, using power stored from internal batteries.
Most of these engines and rolling
stock are built and owned by the Orange County Model
Engineers members and some locomotives can pull more
than 20 adults at one time.