Having fun with Guenter solving LGB technical problems it came as second nature to Klaus to have fun off-time as well. Klaus was a big fan of visiting museum rail roads and as soon as he knew his flight schedule he'd start searching for museum railroads in proximity to the destination airport. When San Francisco appeared in his schedule in the early summer of 1995 he knew where to go :
|The Dixiana Shay, built 1912 at Roaring Camp|
|The Tuolumne Heisler at Roaring Camp, built in 1899|
Klaus took Guenter in his cockpit (yes, it was before 9/11) and off they flew to San Fransisco. The spend the arrival night in San Francisco and then traveled by car to Felton the next morning. They boarded the train pulled by the Heisler locomotive for the 3.25 mile long track.
In 1995 the Heisler was the only loco to run on that track. Afterwards they trudged through the rail yard enjoying the other museum locos: The Sonora Shay built in 1911 and the rarely used loco Kahuku, built around 1890 and bought in 1966 from another museum.
|The Sonora Shay, built in 1911|
They drove back to San Francisco and later had dinner at the still existing Cliff House, a famous San
The next day they took a boat to Alcatraz. They were in for a big surprise: the movie "The Rock" was being filmed on Alcatraz, starring Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage. To quote Wikipedia:"Most of the film was shot on location in the Alcatraz Prison on Alcatraz Island. As a national park, it wasn’t possible to close Alcatraz down, and much of the filming had to accommodate tour parties milling around.". Klaus still quips:" Yeah and when we were there, we just saw equipment around us everywhere and cables but no actors and no action..!"
|Courtesy of sftravels San Francisco|
They flew back to Frankfurt the following day.