One or two Saturdays a month, nearly 250 passengers kids and grown-ups climb aboard 1930s-era passenger cars in Campo in eastern San Diego County, for a one-hour trip to Tecate, a town that provides a tranquil alternative to bustling and crime-ridden Tijuana, about 30 miles west. Here’s a glimpse of that trip.
Conductor Bob Schussler checks his watch outside the Campo, Calif., depot as the train prepares to leave for Mexico. Volunteers from the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, which runs the trips, have restored the cars to their original appearance. (Jay Jones)
A young boy takes in the scenery from the Campo-to-Tecate train ride. This part rumbles through eastern San Diego County. (Jay Jones)
An engineer stands on the locomotive shortly after the train arrives in Tecate. The train flies the Mexican and American flags. (Jay Jones)
Visitors often stop at El Mejor Pan for dessert. The towns most popular bakery, just two blocks east of the square, is well-known across northern Baja. More than 20,000 pastries, cookies and breads are baked here each day. (Jay Jones)
Colorful cookies called “payaso” fill a tray inside El Mejor Pan. (Jay Jones)
A group of visitors enjoy free cans of Tecate beer in the brewery’s beer garden. (Jay Jones)