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Buford
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3/29/2022
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A trip to the trestle, kind of...






The San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park has a couple scale models of the trestle over Goat Canyon. Not the easiest to photograph behind the glass but interesting anyway. I've been fascinated with the museum since I was a kid.
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Thats kind of cool. Wonder how much of the terrain mimics the actual?

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3/29/2022
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I want to go back and finish the route from Mortero Palms some time. I've been to the point where there's a dry fall overlooking the trestle but I was afraid to downclimb it. But I know that groups of all skill levels have done it, so it must not be that hard. I would have felt better if I was with someone who had done it before and knew the best approach.
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3/30/2022
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Brian wrote:
I want to go back and finish the route from Mortero Palms some time. I've been to the point where there's a dry fall overlooking the trestle but I was afraid to downclimb it. But I know that groups of all skill levels have done it, so it must not be that hard. I would have felt better if I was with someone who had done it before and knew the best approach.

I have done that route and you could easily do it.
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4/1/2022
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Brian wrote:
I want to go back and finish the route from Mortero Palms some time. I've been to the point where there's a dry fall overlooking the trestle but I was afraid to downclimb it. But I know that groups of all skill levels have done it, so it must not be that hard. I would have felt better if I was with someone who had done it before and knew the best approach.



We didn't down climb it directly, but traversed across the slope on the climbers right to an easier way down.


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Buford
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4/1/2022
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Bypassing the dryfall in Goat Canyon was no big deal from my memory.

The museum is accurate to some degree. Some of the other trestles and tunnels are there. Puff BM is there. Even if not 100% accurate, the models give a pretty good idea of the area.
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4/5/2022
tekewin
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Buford wrote:
Bypassing the dryfall in Goat Canyon was no big deal from my memory.

The museum is accurate to some degree. Some of the other trestles and tunnels are there. Puff BM is there. Even if not 100% accurate, the models give a pretty good idea of the area.

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I'm surprised they included Puff BM, kind of an odd detail. Did they show the collapsed tunnel on the right side (from the photo viewpoint)? I can't tell from the angle.
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4/6/2022
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tekewin wrote:
Buford wrote:
Bypassing the dryfall in Goat Canyon was no big deal from my memory.

The museum is accurate to some degree. Some of the other trestles and tunnels are there. Puff BM is there. Even if not 100% accurate, the models give a pretty good idea of the area.

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I'm surprised they included Puff BM, kind of an odd detail. Did they show the collapsed tunnel on the right side (from the photo viewpoint)? I can't tell from the angle.


It isn't marked as "Puff BM" but the model has a tunnel on that side and a ridge over it. I don't remember the service road going around. I don't remember seeing the collapsed tunnel in the model. There are two model versions of the trestle.

The models are accurate enough that one of them has the tankers above the trestle and idle cars sitting next to it. As a kid I could spend a lot of time at the museum waiting for the model trains to go by. I think the museum is worth a visit if you are in the area. I don't think it is worth a whole long trip just to see.
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