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Hey guys just got into Oakland to visit family for a few das as I was hoping to get some pics/video of the MOARV (Oakland to Roseville) train. I heard rumors that it departs around 9pm, but I waited between 8-midnight and did not see it. I setup my camera behind the target store in Emeryville...
Union Pacific 844, Southern Pacific 2472, and the Robert Dollar Company #3 pose for all the foamers at Hearst siding near Sunol, California this morning. Union Pacific made an extra effort to acommidate us all by allowing us to cross over the tracks for photos.
Union Pacific's business car "Cheyenne" brings up the rear of the 844 special at Hearst siding near Sunol, California. A very classy end to the UP special train and also to the 30 minute stop to view all three steam locomotives this morning.
The sole power for the Oakland Terminal Railway is old 97, an ex-ATSF GP7u that was built way back in 1952. It became ATSF 2197 when it was rebuilt, and then was acquired by the Alameda Belt Line in the 80's. That railroad shut down in the early 90's, so 2197 was acquired by OTRY, where it has...
By the 1991 only two railroads were still buying new GE 4-axles: Santa Fe & AMTRAK. Nearly twenty years later they are still the last B Boats. Will GE ever bring them back? Note that both are class units. BNSF 1123-500-6261 (9-44CW/B40-8W/ES44AC wearing H1/H2/H3!) #1123 is last in his series.
There's only one bridge on the Oakland Terminal Railway, but it's a doozie. Built in 1938 as half of a wye shaped wooden trestle to carry SP red electric trains over the SP freight mains and Desert Yard throat, the flyover features 4% grades and sharp curves better suited to interurban electric...
The sun has just gotten up, but the Oakland Terminal Railway is already hard at work, drilling cars on the streets of Oakland, CA with privately owned GP9 5623. A crew member stands by to line the switch in the middle of 20th St. as another makes the cut several cars ahead.
Western Pacific GP20 No.2001 from the Feather River museum in Portola, California, and Southern Pacific GP9 No.5623 from Oakland Terminal pose at Railfair in Sacramento, California, in 1999. Steve Barry photo.
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