The Centennial Railway Garden
"Before you can hope to get people to live anywhere...you must first of all show them that they can get there quickly, comfortably, and above all, cheaply. Transportation determines the flow of population." J.D. Spreckels
One of John D. Spreckels' major contributions to the city of San Diego was his commitment to the construction of Balboa Park in preparation of the Panama-California Exposition. As the owner of the San Diego Electric Railway Company, he also developed a unique fleet of special streetcars that could handle the large crowds attending this event. Following the Exposition,
the Class 1 streetcars would go on to provide a continuing public transportation service for the city of San Diego over the next 27 years.
History, innovation, and environmental sustainability are the prevalent ideologies in the San Diego Model Railroad’s “Miniature Balboa Park” Garden Railway Exhibit. The garden exhibit transports present day patrons of Balboa Park back to the era of the Class 1 streetcar, developed by John D. Spreckels, to bring visitors of all ages to the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.
Scale light rail streetcars that brought the masses to the exposition travel along the model representation of Balboa Park just as they did back in 1915. Classic Balboa Park Spanish Colonial architecture is displayed Vignettes of exposition events and displays such as concerts held at the organ pavilion, and California bell tower (complete with working bells)
Check out more Centennial Railway Garden fun at: garden.sdmrm.org
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