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MVHS First Wednesday Talk – The Crookedest Railroad in the World
March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm$0.00
From 1896 to 1930, Mill Valley was home to the “Crookedest Railroad in the World” when the Mt Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway carried passengers from downtown Mill Valley to Mt Tam’s picturesque east peak and into verdant Muir Woods.
Join us for an invigorating ride through Mill Valley’s unique past as author, historian, archivist, and scenic railroad enthusiast, Fred Runner, talks about the railroad and Howard Folker’s carefully hand crafted “1915” model of the Tamalpais (Shay) engine, now on display in the Mill Valley Library’s Lucretia Little History Room.
Howard Folker was a standout among dozens of employees. Smart, technically gifted and hardworking, Folker became the railroad’s youngest engineer. Over several years he built a 4-foot long, 80-pound 1/10th scale model of the engines that chugged up Mt. Tamalpais every day.
Joining Fred are musical guests “Dore Coller and his Millbillies” to perform Dore’s new “hit” song, “The Old Railroad Grade”.