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Cotton Belt 9664 roars up the 3% grade near Cupertino, California with the Southern Pacific "Permanente Local" in September of 1995. Lest I forgot that my shadow was beneath the train! Also from my first roll of B&W ever.
The Southern Pacific "Monterey Local" heads for home while passing Elkhorn, California in May of 1996. This local which ran from Watsonville Junction to the Monterey Branch has been wiped off the books due to low carloadings.
On the last day of occupation of the tower, Cotton Belt pays homage to Tower 17 (the last manned tower in Texas) on an appropriately dreary and drizzly February evening.
The last watch is already packing up, when they leave an era in railroading history will be gone forever.
An unpatched Cotton Belt locomotive is a very rare sight in 2005. SSW 9656 is seen here as the second locomotive in today's Job 43 train as it pulls out of the Wesson Oil Mill Plant on the backside of Sargent Yard near the NS main lines.
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