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This photo is of a fast freight in action on the South Shasta Line. Train is passing over the Redding Underpass and approaching the Clear Creek bridge. Highway 99 on left. Snow capped mountain in center background is Mr. Lassen All terrain, bridges, etc.
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A show at the South Shasta Lines Model Railroad usually takes one hour. This photo was taken forty minutes after the show began. Note interest and wide range of ages.
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Left to right, 1912 Russell 16-18 H.P.; Case water wagon; 1908 Advance. Note steel band on drive wheel of Advance for operation on rail. This is the only traction engine so equipped that we know of. Paul Humann, age 16 is standing by the Russell. Mr. G. A

A real railroad in miniature



’13th Annual Spring Show, South Shasta Lines Model Railroad,
O gauge, and old time live Steam Traction engines in operation. Two
miles southeast of Gerber, California on the G. A. Humann Ranch.
Shows every Sunday in April, 1 to 6 p.m. Admission to both shows by
donation-Adults 75cent, children 50cent.’

The model railroad is a inch scale replica of the real Southern
Pacific from Gerber to Dunsmuir. All locomotives, freight and
passenger cars, bridges, buildings, and etc., are built by hand.
Trains are operated by two engineers, my wife and myself, over 750
feet of track by timetable. Ten locomotives are on the roster and
with their consist, freight or passenger, run thru scenery that
actually exists, the it be in miniature. All is located in a
36′ X 60′ basement.

The Steam Traction Shows big attraction is hay rides. Two
trailers are hooked in tandem behind a steam engine operated by my
son, Paul. Also on display will be a Case water wagon, a 28 X 46
Case thresher, and an 8′ John Deere binder. All restored and to
be operated for demonstration. On display, but not in operation, an
early model of the first McCormick Deering track type tractor.

Sunday shows during April 1962 netted 2200 people who came from
86 California towns, 7 states, and two foreign countries, according
to the guest register.

Sincerely, G. A. Humann

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