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CREST (CBS 8) - All aboard for the California-Arizona Express, leaving from the station on La Cresta Boulevard in Crest for a two-minute trip around Dennis Karnousky's house.

"We bought a railroad in Scottsdale, Arizona. We had to take Scottsdale Railroad out of there and bring it over. That's where we get California-Arizona Express," Dennis said.

It the only train currently running for the C&W Railways, a working railroad that was actually built backwards.

"We built the water tower first," Dennis said.

Next, Dennis and a buddy pounded in 1,200 feet of track.

"We actually laid the track. We didn't even have a railroad train and we put the track down, so then we went looking for a train," Dennis said.

Dennis found one in Boston and had it trucked out to Crest, where it's been running for the last 3 1/2 years. Susan Halstead is the conductor and tour guide.

"I give each of the passengers a railroad ticket and stamp it with the letters "GR"," she said.

The "GR" stands for "great ride", because many adventures await you aboard this train.

"Out here in the front we have a cavalry wagon. There's a waterfall and a Crest water tower up there," Dennis said.

The California-Arizona Express rumbles through the backyard, past the irresistible fruit tree and by the switch track. On the other side of the tunnel, you'll pass the old gold mine.

"It doesn't matter if you're two years old or 100 years old, you still like it the same," Dennis said.

The C&W Railways operates on La Cresta Boulevard in Crest.

"We open on weekends for them to come up and ride it. There's all donations, we don't ask for any money," Dennis said.

It may be a train to nowhere, but a trip aboard the California-Arizona Express is an ageless, timeless experience.

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