See Calendar (in Menu above) for Tour Dates and Times.
Sacramento Capitol A’s coordinates several tours in the Sacramento area, the California region, and nationally. To participate in each tour, members are required to complete a Capital A’s Waiver and Release 05-2013.
Our annual traditions and tours were represented by the following events: Curtis Park Home Tours, Cal Expo Show and Shine, July 4th parades in Fair Oak, in Clarksburg and a MAFCA event in Reno. Also tours to Clearlake, CAM tree decorating, the Children’s Christmas Party, the Anniversary Awards Event, birthday luncheons and lots of seminars.
Several unusual historic and educational tours include the Marconi Sending and Receiving
Station in Point Reyes/Bolinas, the Cal Trans Equipment Yard tour in Sacramento, and the Knights Foundry Tour in Sutter Creek.
The Marconi Tour was planned by Paul Shinn and led by Joni and James Phinney. The transmitting station in Bolinas has been in existence since 1914. We learned about Morse code while viewing restored artifacts, and equipment. Paul Shin expertly explained how the communications were used in WW II, and to communicate with ships in the Pacific/Hawaii. The Receiving Station has a spectacular entrance tunnel of Monterey Cypress trees. These point to point transmitting stations remained in continuous use until 1973. The history was quite fascinating.
Another club tour leader escorted us to the Cal Trans Equipment yard for an interesting and detailed explanation of all of the equipment used by Cal Trans. Michel McNealy expertly detailed tons of information regarding the fabrication of equipment and specialization of each piece of equipment. His presentation, details, and knowledge were eye opening.
Finally Joe Lopez led an extraordinary tour to the Knights Foundry established in 1873 in Sutter Creek. The foundry operated until 1996 and is the last water-powered foundry and machine shop in the USA. The power was water driven with the use of wheels and pulleys. We toured lots of unique historic equipment with machinery intact since the Gold Rush. The highly skilled level of pattern making and molding were demonstrated.
A highlight of the seminars was a tour to a Babbitt Bearing precision machine shop. It was fascinating, loud, and hot! We watched the grinding, fabrication and pouring of hot
molten metals into blocks to create the Babbitt bearings. This was a once in a lifetime tour of a lost art.