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Foothill Rails--Misc.--Colfax,CA

The Depot
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The Colfax Depot has undergone a restoration and now serves as a museum, gift shop, and Amtrak waiting room.
1. & 2. are east and west views. 3. Two ex Southern Pacific baggage carts on display.
4. A new plaque has been added. 5. The inside of the "bay window" area.

The Freighthouse
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The freighthouse is currently used as small businesses.
1. The old red paintjob. 2.-4. Repainted. New displays of a speeder, wig-wag and concret phone booth as well as a new plaque have been added.
5. NWP caboose #28 sits nearby.

The Engine House
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Southern Pacific once based helper locomotives in Colfax and built a seven stall enginehouse near the wye to service them. Only two footings for the walls remain.

1. Google aerial image showing the back wall and east wall footings.
2. On the ground view of the back wall footing looking towards the east wall.
3. The base of the old water tower that stood just west of and across the tracks from the old enginehouse.

Original Central Pacific/Southern Pacific Right-Of-Way
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Between Colfax and the Long Ravine bridges lies a portion of the original mainline right-of-way for the transcontinental railroad.
This was bypassed in a realignment in the early 1900s. The lidar image is marked to show where the photos were taken.

NCNG Right-Of-Way
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1. & 2. views of the row for the NCNGRR as it approches town.
3. View leaving town taken from the new plaque shown in image 4.

See also my NCNG page for much more detailed coverage.

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1. Once housing the Colfax Chamber of Commerce, this ex ATSF passenger car is now a childrens music center.
2. Plaque for the transcontinental railroad.
3. Located on Hwy 174 is a plaque for Cape Horn. The Cape is viewable from here.
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5-7. These three privately owned PCC cars can be found along Highway 174. The are SF Muni 1101, Toronto Transit Commission 4472, and San Diego Electric 502.
San Diego Electric 502 was donated to the Western Railway Museum in Suisun City and arrived there Jan. 2021. Shortly therafter another of these cars left the property.

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