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Railroad Museum to Debut All-New Exhibit Titled Fast Tracks: The World of High-Speed Rail on 11/20

Railroad Museum to Debut All-New Exhibit Titled Fast Tracks: The World of High-Speed Rail on 11/20

The California State Railroad Museum is proud to debut an all-new, interactive exhibit titled Fast Tracks: The World of High-Speed Rail on Friday, November 20, 2015. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a high-speed train simulator with interactive controls and a digital projector that will allow museum guests to simulate the experience of piloting a modern high-speed train. Museum guests will also have the unique opportunity to board a life-size mockup of a high-speed train to experience the point-of-view of a passenger and learn more about the technology that makes it happen. In addition, the exhibit will include interactive maps that show high-speed rail throughout the world, video elements, and models and representations of differing approaches to high-speed rail design.

The new exhibit is aimed at helping museum visitors gain a better understanding of the history of high-speed rail throughout the world, and explores the following themes:  

California State Parks Specialized License Plate Now Available

California State Parks Specialized License Plate Now Available

California State Parks (State Parks) has unveiled its specialized vehicle license plate "ParksPLATE”.

The design of the plate features California’s official tree, the California redwood. Proceeds from the sale and annual renewal of the plate will provide an ongoing funding source for the restoration and preservation of state parks across California.

State Parks officials unveiled the specialized plate at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park where some of the most extensive restorations since a major reconstruction effort in the 1890s are currently underway. Plate sales will support restoration projects like this one and help the department restore and preserve California’s state park system.

Yellow Cab of Sacramento, Berg Injury Lawyers partner to offer free Halloween rides home

Yellow Cab of Sacramento, Berg Injury Lawyers partner to offer free Halloween rides home

Yellow Cab of Sacramento is partnering with Berg Injury Lawyers to offer free, safe rides home on Halloween night for people in downtown/midtown Sacramento.

Halloween has become a particularly dangerous night for both motorists and pedestrians. Because of the high number of drunk drivers on the roads and the increased presence of children out trick-or-treating, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises impaired motorists to use sober ride programs and other transportation alternatives.

Surge pricing will likely be prevalent by ride-sharing companies on Halloween night. However, through Berg’s “Sober Free Cab Ride Home Program,” Halloween revelers can hail a Yellow Cab for free by calling 444-2222 or using the new Curb App. Visit www.yellowcabsacramento.com  to download the Curb App.

Old Sacramento Construction Project to Impact West Sacramento/Tower Bridge Traffic

Old Sacramento Construction Project to Impact West Sacramento/Tower Bridge Traffic

The City of Sacramento has started construction of a new entrance into Old Sacramento that will likely result in traffic delays to and from West Sacramento over the Tower Bridge and Capitol Mall.

Night work will require shutting down one of the two westbound lanes beginning Saturday, September 12, 2015. Regular daily construction work from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday is expected to begin September 14, 2015. Two travel lanes in each of the eastbound and westbound directions will remain open at all times. This is with the exception of limited night work that will require reducing the number of open lanes to one per direction as needed. The project is expected to continue through the fall of 2016. ... Read More

Uber paradox and why you should tip

Uber paradox and why you should tip

I wanted to do a follow-up article to the one I did in January (It's not worth it to drive Lyft and Uber in Sacramento) because this week Uber has been celebrating its One Millionth Ride in Sacramento. All week long they've been doing special things for Uber customers. On Tuesday there was Chando's deliveries, Wednesday a chance to win a trip to Hawaii, and Friday a chance to win a cruise. Yay. Great. But what about the drivers? Zip. Nothing.

What Uber SHOULD be doing is having two celebrations. One for the customers, but another for the drivers!  We are the ones doing all the work for miserable pay. Better yet, pay us more!

My prior post goes into all the reasons it sucks to be a driver now. I've actually stopped driving. I'm not interested in making money for greedy Uber and losing money myself. 

The Kum-ba-ya of Uber is gone... Read More

Railroad Museum Celebrates “Diesels & Dads” On Father’s Day Weekend - June 20 & 21

Railroad Museum Celebrates “Diesels & Dads” On Father’s Day Weekend - June 20 & 21

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are gearing up to celebrate “Diesels and Dads” on Father’s Day weekend – June 20 & 21, 2015 -- by operating two visually-exciting and gracefully-styled diesel locomotives as part of the popular weekend excursion train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad.  Departing hourly from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the brightly painted diesels -- Western Pacific No. 913 and Southern Pacific “Daylight” No. 6051 -- will pull the excursion trains both Saturday and Sunday on Father’s Day weekend.   The eye-catching and classic streamlined locomotives are representative of the so-called “First Generation” of diesel-electric locomotives which replaced steam engines all across America during the 1940s and 1950s. 

1st Annual Sacramento Music Festival Classic Car Show May 23-24, 2015

1st Annual Sacramento Music Festival Classic Car Show May 23-24, 2015

Held in conjunction with the 42nd Annual Sacramento Music Festival, we introduce the 1st Annual Sacramento Music Festival Classic Car Show! As always, it’s one GIANT PARTY in Old Sac pulsing with the rhythms of jazz, swing, blues, zydeco, rockabilly, bluegrass, Latin music and more. There will be dancing in the streets! Music will be running morning, noon, and midnight. There’s plenty to do all weekend long. Bring the KIDS! FREE admission for those 12 and younger.