Conductor Jon Jon Becomes An Engineer

My family and I were so very fortunate this morning to be able to take Jonathan Dockins and his Dad, Jamey, over to the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, California.

The little boy, known as Conductor Jon Jon (from his recent Make A Wish run over the Donner Pass as the railroad conductor), can now be called Engineer Jon Jon!He ran the Southern Pacific 2873 GP9 road freight engine which is part of the “Run A Locomotive” program at the museum. My hubby was his instructor and his dad, my son, and I were his passengers. Jon’s dad and I took a ton of pictures.

After his experience as conductor running over the Donner Pass and all of his other train-related activities over the last few days, he didn’t need a whole lot of instruction…lol  He learned very quickly and didn’t need reminded very much at all like so many people do when they are learning to run the locomotives.

It was an absolute joy having the chance to extend this opportunity to this wonderful family. Little Jon and the whole experience sure has left a lasting impression on me. Here are just a few more of the many pictures I took today. Enjoy!

He is definitely a natural!
Toot that horn.
This was one of the few times he drove by his dad and me in order for us to get some pictures from the outside.
If you look closely, you can see him in the window to the left.
Waving as he goes on by….
The men after a successful run! ~ Dad and Jon along with my hubby and “Buddy”
We then explored more of the museum for a little bit before we had to leave. It was a lot of fun and the boys got along really well. It was especially great to see them bond on the way to and from Portola. We just met for a short while, but I will never forget them.
Some of my favorite snapshots of “Buddy” and Jon’s time together.
If you missed my earlier post about Jon’s Make A Wish dream come true and his arrival in Reno, you can check it out here.

You can also check out My Experience Running A Locomotive.


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