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Western Railway Museum 11/29/2014 Part 2

by Chris Guenzler

Now we would ride the train down the former Sacramento Northern Railroad mainline.

Here is my all-day guest ticket.

Our ride was in San Francisco Municipal Railway PCC car 1016.

Everyone boarded and I chose the rear seat.

Our trip started leaving Car Barn 1 behind.

We rolled by the Laflin Park shelter.

Taking the curve to bring us to the Sacramento Northern mainline.

We ran by the Rio Vista Jct sign.

Some of the equipment to be worked on when time and money allows.

The Del Paso Substation.

We ran through the spring switch at South Park Jct.

Cactus and the view of Car Barn 3 as we left the museum's grounds.

San Francisco Municipal Railway crane 0130 built by the United Railroad in either 1904 or 1905. The crane mechanism was purchased from Northern Engineering Works of Detroit in 1904. In 1912, the United Railroad became part of the Market Street Railway system. In September 1944 car 0130 passed to the San Francisco Municipal Railway when they acquired the properties of the Market Street Railway Company. It was of limited use on the MUNI because it was too large to fit through the Twin Peaks tunnel.

The car was acquired by the Western Railway Museum in September 1973. Originally the car had a wooden cab, wooden deck and two trolley poles, one on the crane and one on the cab. The cab and deck are now steel. The car was modified to have only one trolley pole, which is on the cab. The trolley pole change was made because the boom would occasionally hit the pole on the crane. The crane had a capacity of 5 tons at a 20-foot radius.

Kennecott Copper steeplecab switcher 771, nee 805 built by General Electric in 1955.The locomotive was built for and used as a yard switcher for Kennecott's mainline operation.

The electric freight train.

This mail box hold the track warrant for the Sacramento Northern mainline.

We reached the Sacramento Northern mainline at Diablo Vista.

Passing the yard limit sign post.

Taking the first curve south of the museum.

We were in the land of electric windmills.

Good track made for a smooth ride by Sacramento Northern at Milepost 57.

Electric windmills.

We crossed our first creek.

Passing the Garfield sign post.

A future siding at Garfield.

The PCC car took this curve.

Sacramento Northern Milepost 56 on this curve.

Interesting mounds.

Crossing Shiloh Road.

Another creek was crossed.

New ties ready to be installed.

The PCC car crossed a farm road.

A few curves through the trees.

The train crossed another creek.

Sacramento Northern Milepost 54 with a station platform.

A nice piece of straight track.

The train crossed Bird Landing Road.

The whistle post for Bird Landing Road.

Those windmills again.

Taking another curve.

The view towards Grizzly Bay.

This route featured numerous curves.

We entered our final long piece of straight track of our trip and arrived at our turnback point of Pantano.

Future trackage for me to ride someday?

PCC car 1016 at Pantano. We were given a five minute break then returned to Rio Vista Jct.

Two views on the return trip. We soon returned to Rio Vista Jct.

Key System 352 was the other operating car today.

The wig wag signal at Rio Vista Jct.


San Francisco Municipal PCC Car 1016 at rest. This was the end of our visit to the Western Railway Museum. Anyone who loves railroads and streetcars must visit this unique museum.

On to Folsom

Chris Parker and I next drove through nice weather all the way back to Folsom, from where tomorrow's trp departs. We parked to explore this interesting area.

The Southern Pacific station built in 1914.

An unidentified Southern Pacific Harriman coachhouses the Folsom Railroad Museum.

A replica Sacramento Valley station.

The Sacramento, Placer and Nevada Railroad Ashland station.

Southern Pacific caboose 1197 built by the railway in 1942.

The wig wag signal.

Two views of the Folsom turntable, a re-construction of the center-bearing, A-frame "gallows" type structure which was the second of two turntables that were established circa 1854-1867 at this site.

They had ice skating around the turntable pit.

One last view of the Southern Pacific station.

One last view of Folsom. From here we stopped and picked up dinner then drove to the Hampton Inn for the night.