Anyway, I opted to fly down on a Friday morning, after teaching my first period class at the high school, and return home on Monday evening. The job fair was Saturday, pretty much all morning, which meant I had a completely free day on Sunday. Nicole and I thought it would be neat to drive to Sonora and Jamestown -- which are right next to each other -- to see where BTTF3 was filmed. Nicole's friend, Mike, came along for the adventure.
That whole area is very pretty, and the surrounding hills and scenery looked just like the stuff in the third film. Sonora was this cute little town with 100-year-old buildings, etc, that rolled up sidewalks early. Jamestown was pretty much the same way. We arrived at the Railtown Museum at 4:30, after some delays, wrong turns, and a late start on the drive. Of course, this is when the museum closed. Fortunately, for us, we ran into a nice guy who worked there and he told us that we could wander around outside and in the big barn-like structure where they house the larger trains. All the stuff we really cared about seeing was outside, anyway.
A word about the photos -- I was super pissed because my nice camera decided to have a case of spontaneous failure. (It worked fine later, when I tried it again. AHHHHH!) Fortunately, I had a back up cheapie camera in my bag, but I lament the nice photos I could have snagged if it had been working properly. Nicole's digital camera helped a lot, though.
Sadly, we did not see the actual site of the 1885 town. The town burned flat to the ground in 1996, due to a lighting strike (irony!) and we had absolutely no clue where it was constructed, either.
Engine 131 -- The "Borrowed" Train
This is what the train that they used in BTTF3 looks like now. It's in pieces! Apparently, according to the gentleman who worked there, they had taken it apart to do some restoration, then ran out of some grant money, so it's stuck like that! Sniff....
The woodcar, unlike the locomotive itself, was not in pieces, and was in fact just parked outside.
|Engine 131 -- Accessories & Train Cab
Here are some shots of the train's cab -- which is outside for photo ops. I tried to reenact Clara's escape in one.... There are also a few pieces used specifically in BTTF3, with the "131" number on it. They were located in the backlot-ish area with....
|The Train Caboose
...The red train caboose! Apparently this was created especially for BTTF3. We had lots of fun mugging for the camera on this prop....
|The Passenger Car
This would be the car that Clara was in when she slammed the train to a hault with that emergency break. Nicole and I climbed onto the back and peered in through the windows to confirm the interior shots, and took some, which was no small task considering the sun was setting and we had to contend with the challenge of having a glare on the window from the flashes of our cameras....
These are some photos of the tracks near the Rail Museum. We were using wishful thinking in trying to find the switch track that Marty used, to no avail. Oh well.... We lacked time, daylight, and specific direction to find the stretches actually used in the filming. Maybe next time....