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Travel Town: Experiencing The Steam Locomotive Era Of The California Railroads

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Imagine a place where you can climb aboard an actual steam locomotive — some built as far back as 1864. Picture yourself riding the rails in the days of the transcontinental railroad. Walk through time in an original passenger car. Transport yourself back in time a hundred years — just for a few hours on any afternoon — simply by visiting Travel Town in Griffith Park.

The idea of Travel Town began 70 years ago when an L.A. Recreation and Parks employee became obsessed with a big idea. He wanted to bring a steam locomotive to Griffith Park as a family attraction. That original intention captured the imagination and enthusiasm of his colleagues. Finally, two little engines destined for the scrap heap were donated by the city’s Harbor Department to make the dream a reality. Then other railroads in California followed by adding to the collection. Finally, on December 14, 1952 Travel Town was born.

So go and enjoy the 9-acres of old trains and history. It’s open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no charge for admission.

Leaving from Ventura Blvd in the Los Angeles Neighborhood of Encino, you can expect to drive about 15 minutes. Follow the Ventura Freeway ( US-101 to the CA-134 ) towards Los Angeles to Forest Lawn Drive. You can get more precise directions from LAParks.org website.

This destination was chosen by Mercedes-Benz of Encino in Los Angeles to stimulate your mind with fresh ideas of adventure. To find out more about the exhibits, we suggest the following this link to the The Travel Town Museum at Griffith Park.

Making the trip in your own Mercedes-Benz would certainly enhance this uniquely L.A. experience. One possibility is to take the family and their friends a big and roomy 7-passenger 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV — a fine addition to your adventure.

By Carl Rempel

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