Meet the Featherbed Railroad team
Meet the Family
There is nothing like working with family, and that's the heart of the Featherbed Railroad.
Peggy Barthel got her Master's in Geology on almost the same day as she and Tony bought the Featherbed Railroad. While she had worked for EarthTech on the project of cleaning up Edwards Air Force Base, today she enjoys meeting wonderful people like yourself and also puts in four days a week working for Lake County. Peggy also is a big fan of the desert and did her Master's Thesis on the source of the groundwater in Zzyzx. At Zzyzx, there is a small groundwater pond about as big as a Jacuzzi tub in a Featherbed Railroad suite and there are native Mohave Tui Chub fish there. Why the water remains at the same level and at almost the same temperature year-round is what Peggy figured out.
Tony Barthel still runs a popular automotive website, Curbside, which features an on-line calendar of automotive events and articles on vintage cars.
Sarah Frakes and Brittany Sissom moved from Colorado to join the Featherbed Family. Sarah's the one who keeps the rooms in spiffy shape while Brittany uses her skills in the kitchen to feed you while you're here. Both Sarah and Brittany also have plans to continue with their education and love the California lifestyle. When Tony and Peggy give them time off, that is.
We get lots and lots of comments about how good the grounds look. Tony and Peggy have nothing to do with that, you can credit Jim Gee, our groundskeeper for that. He's here at least once a day, often twice, taking care of the grounds. He's a great guy who's former Air Force and is truly a blessing to Tony & Peggy. Jim's been here almost 20 years.
There is no more appropriate picture of Josh than this one where he's sailing a boat on his own. Josh is an avid sailor but, to us, he's the guy who's always on hand to keep things running. This place actually runs like a well-oiled machine with Josh on hand to fix all the things that break so frequently.
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