Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay Railway : Service On The Santa Cruz Branch Line
(11-19-2014, 07:32 PM)orange choo choo Wrote:  Thanks again Howard, I love the photos and commentary!

Thanks Eric . . . I love taking the photographs too.
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(11-19-2014, 07:49 PM)ElCaminoManT Wrote:  ha! surprised the hell outta the love makers im sure!

 I was looking forward to photographing piles being driven at the trestle, but that is not what I had in mind.
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Streamliners Performing Tree Removal Service
 
In preparation for the upcoming Train To Christmas Town a tree service company was hired to clear a large eucalyptus tree that had fallen across the track. There is no road access to the area where the tree had fallen so the rail line was the only way in. We have seen F-units in passenger and freight service. How about tree service?
 
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First stop was milepost 4.87 to clear some tree branches. In the background of the second photograph you can see the curved ballasted trestle that will be worked on as part of the RTC’s bridge rehabilitation project.
 
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Before reaching the fallen tree we stopped to clear branches that would interfere with operation of the Train To Christmas Town. The Santa Cruz Branch Line has several areas where eucalyptus trees line the rail corridor. The bark and leaves from the trees foul the roadbed and the oil contained in them is deposited on the rails. When it rains the combination of water and the eucalyptus oil makes it very difficult for locomotives to gain traction.
 
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When we reached the fallen tree the tree service crew assessed the situation to determine where to make their cuts.
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The tree trunk did an excellent job of grooming the ballast and clearing the drainage ditch as it was pulled back along the roadbed.
 
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It took longer than expected to completely remove the tree from the right of way and they ended up working past sundown. The slough is a very interesting place to be after dark.
 
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