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Terry Toenges


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« on: May 20, 2022, 12:25:24 AM »

In the late 1970s, Glen Bell opened a tourist railroad at Tuolumne, California. This 3 ft (914 mm) gauge railroad used the lower section of the track and several steam locomotives of the West Side Lumber Company railway. The operation offered boat rides on the old mill pond and RV parking. In the initial plan, there were themed areas of the park with restaurants and stores. Glen Bell was able to locate and purchase old equipment (trains, cars, water towers, etc.) that were used in logging operations and brought to the park. It closed in the early 1980s after failing traffic.
By the way, Glen Bell was the founder of Taco Bell.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_Bell?fbclid=IwAR1y_svHOHzufjogk22eUq42QhMfNwmT7LZnc-rHJcrY64DDx_e1i1atHh4
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Fred Klein

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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2022, 12:44:55 AM »

Terry, thanks for the information. I'm sorta an amateur history buff, so I'm always interested in historical tidbits like this. Thanks again.
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Terry Toenges


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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2022, 12:56:00 AM »

I just happened to see that as some folks were talking about Taco Bell and put up a Wikipedia link to him.
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Trainman203

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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2022, 09:16:32 AM »

What happened to all the stuff?
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Terry Toenges


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« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2022, 11:52:46 AM »

Youtube video about the railroad.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdOltpx6sps
From the video comments - Stefan Delp 1 year ago "They had Roaring Camp 7, Georgetown Loop 12, and YMSPRR 15. "
Some of the pics here are from Cherry Valley.
https://www.google.com/search?q=%22West+Side+and+Cherry+Valley+Railroad%22&lr=&safe=images&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwimw-b3te73AhXhnXIEHUSfD9AQ_AUoAnoECAEQBA&biw=1279&bih=607&dpr=1.5

I never realized it was a guy named Bell who started Taco Bell. I assumed the name came from like "ringing the dinner bell" or from like a "mission bell".
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Trainman203

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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2022, 03:34:44 PM »

Yeah.  “McDonald’s” probably sells more burgers than “Kroc’s”.  😂😂
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Terry Toenges


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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2022, 06:07:58 PM »

I've had gator bites a few times. Does anyone have Croc bites? Smiley
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