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    Default Suggestion for things to visit around San Francisco

    I'll be heading to San Francisco in a couple of weeks time (last week of November) and currently have some 'unallocated' time that I can fill with interesting things to do. I'm staying in the 'The East Cut' area - so have reasonable access to public transport.

    I'd welcome local knowledge on some suggestions of places to visit/ things to do.

    Thankyou

    Mark

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    Don't know if said public transport will do, but I recommend Roaring Camp & Big Trees narrow gauge railroad at Felton near Santa Cruz. I've visited twice on business trips to SF and San Jose.
    There's a normal gauge line to Santa Cruz too - the Big Trees & Pacific - but I haven't been checking that out myself.

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    Welcome and you have probably thought about the obvious (non railway stuff) like Alcatraz and Fishermans Wharf? There is the Railway Museum for railway related things to do as well:

    https://www.streetcar.org/museum/
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    Thanks Tony,

    That museum is very close to where I'm staying, so that is definitely going on the list.

    I've been to the city before, and ticked off a number of the 'non-railway' visitor items. Hence I was hoping that where would some fantastic hobby shop full of all sorts of goodies that I'd have to buy (ignoring the exchange rate - so I think I'm getting a bargain until the credit card statement arrives!). I've done a few searches but was figuring there would have to be someone kicking around nScale.net with local knowledge.

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    Good luck on your trip, whatever you do and where ever you go I'm also sure there some San Franciscan's (?) here who will have more info for you too.
    Cheers Tony

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    i say turn around and run as fast as you can away from that place..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDB View Post
    Thanks Tony,

    That museum is very close to where I'm staying, so that is definitely going on the list.

    I've been to the city before, and ticked off a number of the 'non-railway' visitor items. Hence I was hoping that where would some fantastic hobby shop full of all sorts of goodies that I'd have to buy (ignoring the exchange rate - so I think I'm getting a bargain until the credit card statement arrives!). I've done a few searches but was figuring there would have to be someone kicking around nScale.net with local knowledge.

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    Not quite sure how you would get to it as I only ever have a car available to me, but there is a nice train shop on the Santa Clara/San Jose border called The Train Shop, they have a reasonable selection of N scale. They are on the corner of Pruneridge and Winchester. There is likely a VTA bus (Route 60?) that runs that way from the Santa Clara Caltrain station. If you go that way on a saturday there is a model railroad club in the Santa Clara Depot who have an open house every Saturday. The Santa Clara depot is at the old Southern Pacific Newhall yard (much reduced now) where you may see Amtrak and UP locos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteamPower4ever View Post
    Don't know if said public transport will do, but I recommend Roaring Camp & Big Trees narrow gauge railroad at Felton near Santa Cruz. I've visited twice on business trips to SF and San Jose.
    There's a normal gauge line to Santa Cruz too - the Big Trees & Pacific - but I haven't been checking that out myself.

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    I am reasonably sure that you will need a car to get there, I maybe wrong, I don't travel by public transport much in this area. I think the train at the Broadwalk runs from Watsonville but I am not 100% sure on that.

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    Golden State Model Railroad Museum!

    http://www.gsmrm.org

    Randall Museum!

    https://www.randallmuseum.org/project/riding-the-rails/
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    There is also the Caltrain station at 4th & Townsend, during rush hour there ought to be a lot of trains arriving and departing. Some at other times as well.

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    Cable Car Museum
    1201 Mason St.

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    Roaring Camp is definitely worth a trip, but hard to reach by public transit. There are buses to Santa Cruz, and Roaring Camp runs a diesel from the Santa Cruz boardwalk to Felton. In Felton they run a Shay and Heisler up into the redwoods. That is the best part.

    The best hobby shop remaining in the Bay Area by far is The Train Shop in Santa Clara.

    Cable Car Museum is also worthwhile.

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    While not train related, I highly recommend https://www.nps.gov/goga/nike-missile-site.htm as well. When you look at the (lack of) technology controlling our weapons systems back in the day you'll become quite aware of how amazing it is the world didn't blow itself up multiple times over.
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I'd do some feasibility studies - the Roaring Camp looks very interesting but that may have to wait for another trip when I can ensure I've access to a vehicle.

    Mark

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