Balboa Park, Miniature Railroad

Ticket Booth
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The ticket booth was not open on a Monday. The signs indicated that a single 3 minute ride cost US $2.00. The railroad was located outside the Zoo, half way between the Zoo entrance and the Carousel.


Balboa Park Miniature Railroad external link   •  San Diego Zoo internal link Department Of Transportation   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 11 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 16:02:43 Wednesday 13 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0111
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Train Storage
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The train was not in operation that day and was stored inside its tunnel. The fake stone entrance created the illusion of a tunnel, while actually it was merely a covered trench.


Balboa Park Miniature Railroad external link   •  San Diego Zoo internal link Department Of Transportation   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 11 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 16:03:43 Wednesday 13 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0112
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Entertaining Signs
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Entertaining signs paralleled the tracks. The "When Peter Piper," and "Pickle Picker," were part of a Burma Shave ad. The "Tijuana" sign marked the most southern extent of the ride.


Balboa Park Miniature Railroad external link   •  San Diego Zoo internal link Department Of Transportation   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 11 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 09:23:58 Thursday 14 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0140
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Despite Rain
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On Sunday morning the train ran, despite a persistent drizzle. This was a model G16 train operating on 16" gauge track that covered almost four acres under tall eucalyptus trees.


Balboa Park Miniature Railroad external link   •  San Diego Zoo internal link Department Of Transportation   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 11 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 11:13:10 Sunday 17 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_1359
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Holes In Roof
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This small railroad with its diesel engine and passenger cars had holes in its roof so that its full sized engineer and passengers could fit.


Balboa Park Miniature Railroad external link   •  San Diego Zoo internal link Department Of Transportation   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 11 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 11:13:16 Sunday 17 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_1363
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Giraffe And Leopard
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A stuffed giraffe and a stuffed leopard rode in the open-top cars to add a zoo feeling to the train. The ride was entirely outside the zoo.


Balboa Park Miniature Railroad external link   •  San Diego Zoo internal link Department Of Transportation   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 11 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 11:13:20 Sunday 17 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_1367
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Return from Tijuana
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The train in the distance was returning from its long southern leg to Tijuana, Mexico. Ahead, and just off frame, was its tunnel.


Balboa Park Miniature Railroad external link   •  San Diego Zoo internal link Department Of Transportation   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 11 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 11:14:27 Sunday 17 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_1375
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Through The Tunnel
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The train trip ended by returning back through its tunnel and on its way to its final stop at the ticket booth.


Balboa Park Miniature Railroad external link   •  San Diego Zoo internal link Department Of Transportation   •  Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 11 April 2011)   •  (Photo taken 11:14:44 Sunday 17 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_1379
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